Pointillist: 'Won't Stand For It' Pointillist is an instrumental, post-rock duo featuring Andy White and Guy D'Annalfo from Rhode Island. Pointillist dreams up textures similar to the sounds of bands like Mogwai or Unwed Sailor.
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Pointillist: 'Won't Stand For It'

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Pointillist: 'Won't Stand For It'

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Pointillist is a collaboration between Andy White and Guy D'Annolfo. True to their namesake, the songs attempt to use smaller refrains and phrases, with unique tone and color, that together reveal a larger, more comprehensive picture.

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The two met while playing for the Boston band Garrison. Both left to pursue their graduate degrees (Andy in Clinical Psychology, Guy in English Literature). This first official, self-titled release was recorded at home by Andy on his analog 8-track machine, with each person adding their parts at separate times. Working this way, they continue to write and produce music while also balancing jobs and graduate studies.

Equilibrium is a central concept for Pointillist when writing songs, whether that balance is between space and density, harmony and dissonance, or whispering and shouting. Minimalism is also maintained in the songs by allowing the instruments to naturally project and fade. Andy maintains this starkness during the recording process by sticking to essential ideas, not cluttering the songs with too many tracks.

The music on the first release has been compared to "post-rock" bands such as Tortoise, A Minor Forest, the Sonora Pine, and Seam. Artwork on the first 500 CDs and packages was created by Dawn Salgado and Andy White, with each package being two-color hand silkscreened.

Pointillist is current working on new songs, as well as collaborating with visual artists and planning a series of live shows.

The featured track from their latest CD is "Won't Stand For It."