Sparkle Division is the new project which involves William Basinski and Preston Wendel. To Feel Embraced is the debut album which is out now via Temporary Residence. It features Leonora Russo, free-jazz legend Henry Grimes, and emerging vocalist Xeli Grana.
A vibrant electronic fusion of lounge, jazz, and disco is maybe not the first (or fifth) thing you would expect to hear from one of the world’s most renowned modern composers and ambient tape loop pioneers, but upon first listen, it makes so much sense that one wonders why it didn’t happen sooner.
After years of producing and mentoring slews of young artists in 1990s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, William Basinski moved to Los Angeles. There he hired a young studio assistant, Preston Wendel, who eventually introduced his own works to the curious composer. That spawned a creative partnership that inspired Wendel to persuade Basinski to haul out his saxophone.