William Fitzsimmons
Until When We Are Ghosts


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
October 3rd, 2009 | 144 replies | 17,290 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I hope you find it 'cause I could not find it in me

Born to blind parents and growing up with a fully functional pipe organ in his basement, it only seems right that William Fitzsimmons would gravitate towards music. His haunting 2006 debut Until When We Are Ghosts is a masterpiece in bedroom recording that resides in the same vein of singer-songwriter folk as early Iron and Wine releases.

Much like his stylistic peers in the singer-songwriter world, Sam Beam and Elliott Smith, Fitzsimmons' voice is a delicate and silky smooth whisper awash in an ethereal calm. His words are veiled in a welcoming solace like a warm blanket on a cold night. This gives his cripplingly soul bearing musings an almost lullaby-ish quality to them that almost makes you forget the weight of his subject matter, whether it's the perseverance of his blind mother, grieving the loss of a loved one, or just wanting to be a better human being.

Recorded in Fitzsimmons' home studio, the production on Until When We Are Ghosts is flawless. Every note rings out crystal clear. Although it is a primarily acoustic entity, Fitzsimmons adds sampled drum beats when needed. As with most albums of its ilk, Until When We Are Ghost's charm relies on its simplicity. His modest guitar work retains a pensive air that wondrously sets the mood for his lyrics. The occasional overdubs help his slow-burning numbers pull on the heartstrings in ways that few songs can.

Until When We Are Ghosts is the ultimate mood album. With autumn creeping into existence, it makes a perfect soundtrack for the reflection that comes with the inclement weather, shorter days, and colder nights. If only all debuts could be this good.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17195 Comments


tiny

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



10245 Comments


so drunk, adamr ules

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charlesfishowitz
October 3rd 2009



1794 Comments


maybei should check this out

rasputin
October 3rd 2009



14512 Comments


finally

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17195 Comments


an amazing album from an amazing beard
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Transient
October 3rd 2009



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should be staff tbh, v. good review

tombits
October 3rd 2009



3469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really should get this. i just got Sapphie as well so i'm in the mood.

Phantom
October 3rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules and so does the review, glad someone finally did one.

i also wish my beard was that epic

Eclectic
October 3rd 2009



3302 Comments


Great review, pos'd

CushMG15
October 3rd 2009



1802 Comments


I'm not sure if this sounds like something I'd like or not, but I'll check it out.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17195 Comments


you should. just put it on when you want something chill.

Skimaskcheck
October 3rd 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'...it makes a perfect soundtrack for the reflection that comes with the inclement weather, shorter days, and colder nights.'

Seems to be just was i'm looking for tonight, thanks!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like goodnight more but yeah this rules

Roach
October 3rd 2009



2149 Comments


this seems like somethign i mgith have liked when i was an old man

CushMG15
October 3rd 2009



1802 Comments


I gave it a listen and it's really beautiful, but the copy I obtained illegally has random skips all over it. Is this hard to find at all?

charlesfishowitz
October 3rd 2009



1794 Comments


almost impossible

CushMG15
October 3rd 2009



1802 Comments


For real?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17195 Comments


just give up if you want a physical copy. try google blogsearch

charlesfishowitz
October 4th 2009



1794 Comments


idk you cand find a physical copy on his main site for like 12 bucks or somethn

YouAreMySilence
October 4th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This makes me want to be a better person..



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