William Ryan Fritch: Empty EP (Out Now)
Empty, the latest EP from composer William Ryan Fritch, is an album of deceptively simple songs that, with their raw and unrestrained conveyance, emanate persuasive warmth and candor. The stripped down and restrained arrangements of these tracks are brought into extreme focus, saturating each note, thud, and pause with an expansive depth of field. These intimate songs proudly show their bruises. They offer stability in their numerous creaks and rasps, find clarity in common disillusionment, and celebrate loving and morbid tangents in the same breath. The beautiful cover art was provided by renowned Brazilian artist and illustrator João Ruas.
"Fritch’s prodigious output is evidence that he is pouring his heart into his work, and by extension, into a deeper philosophy." - A Closer Listen
"Empty shows Fritch at his most heartfelt and, surprisingly, vocal." - Exclaim!
"At first blush, the songs seem straightforward enough, but an undercurrent of dread and disillusionment can be gleaned beneath their surfaces, an impression sonically reinforced when so many of them are animated by plodding rhythms." - Textura
Also "Tend" from the Empty EP was featured in this epic video from GoPro: Descent Into the Lava of Marum in 4K. Check it out at around the 9:50 minute mark HERE.
Graveyard Tapes: White Rooms ( Vinyl - CD - Digital)
Both Matthew Collings and Euan McMeeken (glacis, Kays Lavelle) of Graveyard Tapes have long embraced collaboration in their solo careers, having worked with the likes of Ben Frost, Old Earth, and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX). This time around with White Rooms they’ve given their collaborative natures ample room to breathe. Many tracks were improvised with Ben Chatwin, who records as Talvihorros, while the song “Flicker” finds omni-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter William Ryan Fritch (Vieo Abiungo, Death Blues Ensemble) lending his cello.
Press Reviews for White Rooms:
"It is its own thing, completely mesmerizing. Graveyard Tapes have found their true voice in 'White Rooms'." - Popmatters
"Influences such as Radiohead and Atlas Sound creep into the music, but Graveyard Tapes have their own unreachable crypt. It wakes from combat, ready for a new day." - Fluid Radio
"Once again pooling their considerable talents for an arresting set of experimental pop songs" - Honorable mention as "Album of the Month" - Textura
"8/10 Stars - An excellent work that marks this classic music." - Son of Marketing
"tension between traditional melody and found sound based musical backing, which always threatens to open out into rock climax but, most satisfyingly, never does, is excellent." - Cyclic Defrost
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