William Fitzsimmons is returning to London in order to play an intimate gig at the Jazz CafÃ© in February. He will be showcasing songs from his new album â€˜The Gold In The Shadowâ€™ released 11th April.
Pennsylvanian song-smith William Fitzsimmons finds healing and hope on new album.
William Fitzsimmonsâ€™ acclaimed previous releases have been detailed and agonising retellings of events however the forthcoming album â€˜Gold In The Shadowâ€™ is about Fitzsimmonsâ€™ personal regeneration in the aftermath of those experiences.
While those albums (particularly 2005â€™s â€˜Goodnightâ€™ and 2008â€™s â€˜The Sparrow And The Crowâ€™) dealt with the bleak and sombre side of inter- and intra-personal disaster â€˜Gold In The Shadowâ€™ is a work focused on healing.
William explains: “I had reached the point where I was either going to yield to my sicknesses or engage them headlong. In either case, I could no longer continue the way I was.”
Fitzsimmons describes the songs on â€˜Gold In The Shadowâ€™ as “a real and long-coming confrontation with personal demons, past mistakes and the spectre of mental illness which has hovered over me for the great majority of my life.”
Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change.
It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own.
It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.
William Fitzsimmons Supporting James Rhodes @ HMV Next Big Thing
Live at the Jazz CafÃ© , 10th February 2011
Doors 7pm, Tickets Â£10