William Fitzsimmons has quickly and quietly become an iconic voice in the wise-folk-man-with-beard category, made famous by Sam Beam but which regularly features updates from the likes of Joe Purdy, Alexi Murdoch, and Gregory Alan Isakov. It's a pious and deliberate space, which showcases here a short series of remembered moments and extends the narrative thematically, stretched across the chorus repeats like a sheet in the wind.
The details reek of personal isolation, and of perfectionist revision; the vocals achieve that rare husky storyteller vibe that sounds like a voice over your shoulder and feels like the unadorned truth. The power of the language and the affect here are immediately striking: the production from Adam Landry is exquisite and the lyrical theme feels raw and pained. Just press play and enjoy.
Singer-songwriter and music producer William Fitzsimmons’ latest record Mission Bell is a chronicling of the tumultuous last year of his life, particularly of the separation from his second wife.