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Gold in the Shadow

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William Fitzsimmons

Gold in the Shadow

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For many years, armed with a Master's degree in counseling from Geneva College, William Fitzsimmons worked as a mental health therapist, and only began recording his songs during graduate school breaks.While previous releases have been a detailed and agonizing retelling of events, Gold In The Shadow is about Fitzsimmons personal regeneration in the aftermath of those experiences. Based on a specific set of psychopathological disorders from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV), Fitzsimmons describes the songs as "a real and long coming confrontation with personal demons, past mistakes, and the specter of mental illness which has hovered over me for the great majority of my life."


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.]

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Artist William Fitzsimmons
Track Listing 1 The Tide Pulls from the Moon - 3:39 2 Beautiful Girl - 2:38 3 The Winter from Her Leaving - 3:25 4 Fade and Then Return - 4:41 5 Psychasthenia - 4:14 6 Bird of Winter Prey - 4:01 7 Let You Break - 3:22 8 Wounded Head - 2:58 9 Tied to Me - 4:29 10 What Hold - 4:04

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