CROSS-POLLINATION LXXXII - TUES JAN 24TH - 7:30-10 PM
TIM WILLIAMS
RUTH GERSHON

Williams began writing in earnest, demoing an arsenal of nearly a hundred songs in his Brooklyn apartment. With the process set in motion, an unexpected robbery threatened to derail the whole thing. “Paul flew over here to do some pre-production and help me sort through the songs I had composed,” recalls Williams. “The day before he arrived my apartment was broken into and my computer – with all my demos on it – was stolen along with my glasses and beard trimmer.”

In the face of losing months and months of painstaking effort Williams purchased a four-track and demoed the fifty or so songs that he could remember. Eventually 25 were selected to be laid to tape back in England and in July of 2006 Williams headed back across the pond for the two-week long sessions. While the process went along well, when Williams arrived back in New York he felt unsatisfied. Four months later the singer boarded yet another Britain-bound flight for mixing, more programming, and ultimately the addition of two new compositions.

The resulting When Work Is Done, due October 2nd via New York indie Dovecote Records (Aberdeen City, Mason Proper), is a strikingly confident work that boldy drifts from keyboard-laden marches (“To And From Tomorrow”), to earnest Americana (“Lessons”) and fuzzed-out electro balladry (“Out There”). Lead single “Novel,” gleaned from the initial Merchant Heart sessions, is a bright and deliberate pop song with a hell of a keyboard line, proving that Williams has moved on from the often morose implications of Digression. “I couldn't feel more different from the person who wrote it” he exclaims assuredly.

Reflecting on the incident of thievery that threatened the project initially, Williams chalks it up to serendipity. “I think it happened for a reason,” he says. “The songs I remembered are the songs that needed to be on this record.”

Oh Ruth. You so crazy.

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CROSS-POLLINATION LXXXII ::: Tuesday, JAN 24TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - TIM WILLIAMS | myspace.com/timwilliams
8:45 - RUTH GERSHON
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft TIM WILLIAMS & RUTH GERSHON!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero