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Editors’ Notes

Born to blind parents, William Fitzsimmons learned to play many instruments from both his mother and father, who instilled in him their extrasensory musicianship. He kept his quiver to a minimum here, letting guitars and economical lyrics keep these songs simple but strong. A companion piece to 2011’s Gold in the Shadow, this collection of bonus material starts with an even more stripped-down version of “Bird of Winter Prey”. Without lush string arrangements behind him, Fitzsimmons stands stark and vulnerable, with only his whispered inflections hovering over some of the most delicate acoustic-guitar fingerpicking since Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day. He plays subtle electric guitar parts in the following “Ever Could”, a lilting serenade so beautiful it’s a wonder why it wasn’t featured on the initial release. Similarly, “From the Water” and “Blood and Bones” are equally arresting—the former has sublime French horns, and the latter is a spellbound love song that would sound overly precious coming from anyone else.

Customer Reviews

Sen. Sa. Tional.

There's not a lot that can be said about this new album. Beautiful songwriting coupled with beautiful melodies.

If you like William Fitzsimmons then you won't be disappointed. If you've never heard of him before. Buy it now, or you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow. But someday soon, and for the rest of your life :P

Astonishing

Another incredible release from William Fitzsimmons. Most artists have the odd 'off' album, where things don't go right but once again Fitzsimmons has released a masterpiece.

In terms of production this is superior to all his past albums, Jay Clifford seems to be involved which can only help.

As far as songwriting goes, one word...exceptional. I wish I could give this album 6 stars because it deserves it.

enjoyed this...

Saw this come up in the singer/songwriter ad at the top of the page and have really enjoyed listening... really makes me
think of a slightly upbeat Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and could easily play alongside Iron & Wine.
Keep trucking boyo!
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Biography

Born: 1978 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before earning comparisons to Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens with his hushed, eclectic folk music, singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons honed his skills in Pennsylvania. Born in Pittsburgh to two blind parents, both of whom were living-room musicians, he began playing piano and trombone in elementary school and taught himself guitar as a junior-high student. Over time, he also learned to play banjo, melodica, ukulele, and mandolin. While pursuing a master's degree at Geneva College, Fitzsimmons...
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