Melodic and hypnotic, rhapsodic yet ultimately portraying the apocalyptic, the short piano based
’It Was No Accident’ is the opening salvo from ‘The Dream Extortionists’, the debut solo album by
East London based musician Ian Williams, which is due to be released in the early spring of 2019.
Recorded between 2005 and 2017 on a 1904 Steinway baby grand in the French village of Cogny,
an 1899 Blüthner at Studio Slaughterback in London and an unknown, earthquake-tuned piano at
the Ice Cream Studio in Tokyo, the album is a dark and disturbing trip through the decaying and
decadent last days of human civilisation, in an overpopulated world where nothing works, nobody
is content, and the masses are controlled by a handful of billionaires intent solely on not sharing their
dubiously acquired wealth, along with a smaller handful of high-tech megacorps intent solely on
owning, tracking, watching and manipulating everything we do – The Dream Extortionists.
Some tracks feature the piano as a simple solo instrument, but often it is heavily processed and
accompanied by electronic and orchestral textures, voices, and, at one point, a spaghetti-western
guitar to alter the musical landscape. Melody is key, however, albeit as the melancholic soundtrack the
Ballard-esque titles would suggest. In any case, it’s about time that ‘gothic chill-out’ became a genre…
Ian Williams started out in the 1980’s as a founder of Beautiful Pea Green Boat, whose ethereal,
atmospheric sound pre-dated the current vogue for dream pop. More recently, he has worked with
singer Claudia Barton as Gamine, releasing two albums of dark, piano-led torch songs and lullabies.
He has also collaborated with Lebanese choreographer Joumana Mourad’s dance company,
Ijad, during which time he produced music for several productions, developing a hybrid
Arabic / classical / techno / ambient style.