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.
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