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Gold in the Shadow
     

Gold in the Shadow

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by William Fitzsimmons
 

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Perhaps it goes without saying that William Fitzsimmons, with his sotto voce vocals and avalanche of facial hair, bears more than a few similarities to fellow folksinger Iron & Wine. Fitzsimmons never sounds as rustic as his bearded doppelgänger, though, choosing to avoid Iron & Wine's pastoral lyrics and focus his own songs on

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Perhaps it goes without saying that William Fitzsimmons, with his sotto voce vocals and avalanche of facial hair, bears more than a few similarities to fellow folksinger Iron & Wine. Fitzsimmons never sounds as rustic as his bearded doppelgänger, though, choosing to avoid Iron & Wine's pastoral lyrics and focus his own songs on personal problems. On Gold in the Shadow, he makes peace with inner demons over a sympathetic soundtrack of acoustic guitar, percussion, and bubbling keyboard. The lyrics run the gamut from despondent ("Cut me open, please") to wearily confident ("Wounded head, you will be fine/Your weary legs will hold you in time), but the music is almost aggressively balanced, with BPMs that rarely stray beyond the midtempo mark and dynamics that are rarely too soft or too loud. Fitzsimmons keeps things moving at a steady pace, and he strings the songs together with light touches of electronica, from the gauzy synths in "Let You Break" (a duet with Julia Stone) to the programmed stomp-and-clap percussion of "Psychasthenia." The result is an album that soothes without smoothing over its own emotional content. [Gold in the Shadow was also released in a double-disc deluxe package, featuring five unreleased tunes and several acoustic tracks that strip the keyboards away from Fitzsimmons' guitar-and-vocals bedrock.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003092128
catalogNumber:
30921
Rank:
93128

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Performance Credits

William Fitzsimmons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Jill King   Viola
Josh Kaler   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Bells,Banjolin
Grace Read   Vocals
Laura DiStasi   Vocals
Jay Clifford   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Wurlitzer
Brent Price   Violin
Nick Jenkins   Percussion
Frances Hsieh   Violin
Norbert Lewandowski   Cello

Technical Credits

Cason Cooley   Vocal Engineer
Luke Kelly   Engineer
Eric Rickert   Engineer
Josh Kaler   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
William Fitzsimmons   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Jay Clifford   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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