This review was originally published in July of 2018.
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 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.