William Ryan Fritch – The Letdown (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:16 minutes | 488 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Lost Tribe Sound
‘The Letdown’ from multi-instrumentalist William Ryan Fritch kicks off Lost Tribe Sound’s new label series “Built Upon A Fearful Void.” The series introduces fifteen new albums to the label’s roster over the next year, five of which will come courtesy of Fritch, including a new release as his alter ego, Vieo Abiungo.
‘The Letdown’ is a record better identified by the vibe it creates rather than a particular genre or style. It’s dirty, unapologetically loud and charmingly haphazard. It’s the sort of self-educated, non-jazz record that critics of Moondog would have written off as impure. Frankly, we’re good with that. The strength of the record lies not with any collegiate-level classification, but in its ability conjure moods that just feel good, are instantly familiar and invite a certain nostalgia. The gritty, noir side of it, brings to mind the old black and white detective stories. The jovial, 1920’s romanticism, lends a bit of class and gives the sense that even though everything is falling to shit, we are going to power through it with a bit of song and dance.
Whatever one happens to take away from this album, ‘The Letdown’ is meant to be fun, help the whisky burn just a bit less, and keep the blood flowing. Read into it too much and you might spoil it. Guaranteed it is unlike any Fritch record to date.
1. Unhinged (02:18)
2. Free Radical (02:02)
3. Compulsion / Going Through the Motions (04:17)
4. Initiative (01:43)
5. Dream Differently (01:53)
6. Experiment (00:57)
7. Curls of Smoke / False Confidence (03:45)
8. Unraveling (01:48)
9. Progress Traps (03:18)
10. Ashen Relics (01:21)
11. The Letdown (02:01)
12. Hesitation / Recurring (03:11)
13. Shuttered (04:58)
14. Dream Glitch / Fugue State / Broken Barriers (05:29)
15. What’s Left Unfilched (02:24)