He’s traveled from punk rock roots to an enviable place where power-pop meets classic 60s melodies, the best of swirling 80s-flavored production and shimmering, jangling guitars. His brilliant debut solo album Carefree, released in 2008, demonstrated a knack for crafting timeless pop that’s equal parts Brill Building and Topanga Canyon. On it, Williams hearkened back to great songwriters like Nilsson, Chilton, Downes and Westerberg.

Devon Williams – Your Sympathy
7″ single, b/w ‘Sisters’ (out on June 28th) from the forthcoming “Euphoria” album (Slumberland/2011)

Devon Williams – Sufferer
taken from ‘Sufferer‘ b/w ‘Who Cares About Forever’ 7″ single (2009), as the debut via Slumberland.

Devon Williams – Elevator
taken from the first solo album “Carefree” (Ba Da Bing/2008)

L.A. popsmith Devon Williams, formerly of the SoCal’s melodic punk rock band Osker and folk/acoustic band Fingers Cut Megamachine, has a second solo full-length called “Euphoria” coming out on August 30th via Slumberland Records. A blissful shimmering pop album “Euphoria” features 12 new songs, recorded and mixed in several studios by producers like Brooklyn’s Jorge Elbrecht (of the Violens) and Vancouver’s Dave Carswell, who also produced The New Pornographers and Williams’ onetime touring mate, Destroyer.  He is also known for playing in (Vivian Girls) Katy Goodman’s La Sera, previously the Lavender Diamond touring band.

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Fingers-cut, Megamachine! – testament
from the 2005 self-titled album (Thick Records)

Osker – Kinetic
taken from Osker’s second album “Idle Will Kill” (Epitaph/2001).

The Champagne Socialists – Blue Genes
from ‘Blue Genes‘ 7″ single (Slumberland/2009), The Champagne Socialists (Jihae Simmons Meek, former Royal We, and Wallace Meek from Glasgow) featured Devon Williams and Mickey LaFranchi. It was released as their first single after moving to Jihae’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

(via Yuya Shimizu)