The solo debut from Double Diamond Sun Body is a riotous electronic achievement, and overwhelming art at its purest. Throughout 1, artist and composer Robbie Williamson takes us on a wryly confrontational journey. Like a director framing each scene, Double Diamond Sun Body is in complete control, skillfully discerning in how he allows us to bear witness.
Highly dynamic and modern production teems with the sounds of classic drum machines churning out tribal rhythms, opulent synth arpeggios and layered melodies. Environmental field recordings often give way to cinematic driving dub, sinister bass and big room dance.
Meanwhile, morphed, androgynous AI voices espouse environmental and social diatribes with a nod and a wink. 1 is commentary on the human condition, executed with calculated and cohesive precision. A highly accomplished artist and Hollywood veteran, Williamson has also produced quixotic videos for each song. Heavily employing captions using a mix of Cyrillic and Latin letters, found and crowdsourced footage is overlaid with vexing 3D rendered figures. Taken as a whole, 1 is a true auteuristic vision, and a statement that demands to be reckoned with.
Under the moniker, Robbie C Williamson produces large scale art exhibitions. As a musician and composer, Williamson has been part of numerous storied groups, including Portland’s industrial Hitting Birth, the Lady Gaga-endorsed electro pop We Are The World and synth pop critical darlings Dreamers, also frequently collaborating with acclaimed LA choreographer Ryan Heffington (Arcade Fire, FKA Twigs, Sia).
Williamson’s scores, which The New York Times characterizes as “The softer, glummer side of Neil Young”, range from Wu Tsang’s Wildness to Ryuhei Kitamura’s Midnight Meat Train which won the SCI FI Jury Award at Gérardmer. Hollywood features range from Gamer (with Gerard Butler) to That Little Extra (featuring Ryan Reynolds).
Numerous independent features and festival favorites scored include Sundance hit Dandelion, The Youth In Us (starring Lucas Haas), Path Lights, Pathology (with Alyssa Milano) and Michael Stipe’s Hurricane Katrina documentary, Into The Sun.
Williamson’s small screen work consists of the hugely successful revamp of 90210, of which he both co-wrote the show’s theme and provided the score for over 90 episodes.
His directorial work has been prominently featured at LACMA, MOCA, MAMA Gallery, USC Fisher Museum of Art, on Vice and other international venues and media outlets, while his films have received premieres at Sundance, Tokyo International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam to name just a few.
Double Diamond Sun Body’s full-length LP 1 is set for release 03/26/21 via GIVE/TAKE records.