Release Date 06/14/2019
Christopher Willits presents his latest piece, Sunset, with simple instructions: "Begin the music 15 minutes before the sun sets." The new album is out June 14th on Ghostly International, with the omnipresent new track "Coast" streaming now on all streaming platforms.
Willits is an artist, musician, and guitarist who creates immersive ambient music. As one of the core artists on the Ghostly Internationallabel roster since the early 2000s, Willits has continually evolved his craft, producing one of the most diverse and prolific catalogs within contemporary ambient music. Releases span introspective solo albums, widescreen audiovisuals, and unbridled collaborations including two albums with Ryuichi Sakamoto and productions with Tycho. On the live front, he played last year's inaugural edition of Mutek SF, has played FORM Arcosanti, and has opened for the late Jóhann Jóhannsson.
The five compositions on Sunset move from warm to cool designed as a soundtrack to embrace the day's end; a collective letting go. As with 2017's opus Horizon, the first ever spatial audio release on Ghostly International, Sunset is produced to listen from *within*. Using the cutting-edge immersive audio venues and tools of his nonprofit, Envelop, Willits illuminates a landscape for the future of electronic music.
“When I was 12, I realized that my life’s path was to make music in the service of love and healing. Music is a medicine that allows us to feel, listen, and ultimately surrender to the present moment," he describes. "The compositions I create move through my imagination, heart, and hands, like guitar through a speaker, and light through a lens. I am continuously learning and evolving with the process; a practice of letting go of all that I create, as it creates me.”
Willits is also the director and co-founder of the nonprofit, Envelop; leading a mission to amplify the connective power of music through immersive audio venues and spatial audio production tools. His process is an expression of love, inspired by an international audience of listeners, and the conviction that music can catalyze personal transformation and spiritual awakening.