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William Ryan Fritch - Behind The Scenes Part I (Leave Me Sessions)

The first look into composer/ singer-songwriter William Ryan Fritch’s home studio. Featuring a rare video interview with the man behind such projects such Death Blues ‘Ensemble’ and Vieo Abiungo, and The Waiting Room Original Soundtrack.

To purchase William Ryan Fritch’s music visit: losttribesound.bandcamp.com

Info at williamryanfritch.com & losttribesound.com

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Aled Ordu - vimeo.com/aledordu

Much of the music in this film was taken from his recent EP Heavy. Visit here for more info: smarturl.it/getheavy

Stream/Buy the Heavy EP here:

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Graveyard Tapes - White Rooms on vinyl

Listen/purchase: White Rooms by Graveyard Tapes

Pre-order ‘White Rooms’ album on Vinyl or CD and receive a download code for ‘The Price of Ambition’ EP emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase!

12” Vinyl Edition includes:

• 140 gram vinyl in a thick stock reverse printed LP jacket with a full color interior LP sleeve 
• Digital download card for the album White Rooms in formats: FLAC, 320 MP3 and more
• 4 Song Bonus EP, ‘The Price of Ambition’ by Graveyard Tapes on a digital download card
• Custom designed artwork throughout by artist Shawn Stephany

Graveyard Tapes announce ‘White Rooms’, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut. Edinburgh based duo Euan McMeeken (glacis, The Kays Lavelle) and Matthew Collings (Splintered Instruments, Sketches For Albinos) joined the Tribe in 2013 with ‘Our Sound Is Our Wound’.

Only the simplest and most elegant of ideas offer this sort of combustive force. McMeeken builds the audio structures and Collings nearly tears them back down again. Of their debut, Textura lauded “McMeeken’s heartfelt singing and piano playing and Collings’ electronic and guitar colourations,” while Incendiary Magazine declared the album “a rare blend of inquisitive dark pop.” The track “Bloodbridge” inspired and was featured in Matty Ross’s enigmatic short film.

Where ‘Our Sound Is Our Wound’ confronted heartbreak, solitude and death, White Rooms looks to progress, even repair, restore. Collings assumed the role of primary songwriter, and here the darkly lit, fully curtained spaces of their inaugural record serve not as a wake, but a wake-up call. As McMeeken writes, ‘White Rooms’ accepts “the difficult
but essential challenge of finding the incongruent beauty in loss and moving forward as people.” This way the curtains are thrown open, daylight floods in, the colors of the interior come into full view, and we realize that what is left is a blank canvas, ready for our paints.

Both Collings and McMeeken 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 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.

'White Rooms' releases mere months after Collings delivered his stunning 2nd solo album 'Silence Is A Rhythm Too', further solidifying his position as one of the most innovative and exciting producers around. It’s an addictive combo when paired with the searing and iconic vocals of McMeeken. It is clear from the initial moments: this incarnation of Graveyard Tapes digs ever deeper.

Artwork by Shawn Stephany

Death Blues Ensemble 
New album from William Ryan Fritch & Jon Mueller of Volcano Choir
Stream Ensemble in full at NPR’s First Listen for a limited time! 
 
It is epic and one of my personal favorite albums of the year.  The Deluxe LP Book version is the way to go with this release, not only do you receive the music, it is also a 16 page book filled with some of the most personal and life affirming essays I’ve ever read.  This project has a unique and truly beautiful way of framing what it means to live.
 
Drummer and percussionist Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees) and William Ryan Fritch join forces on Mueller’s new project under his well celebrated Death Blues moniker.  This work culminates in the release ofEnsemble elaborate book/LP/digital release that features seven essays about our vulnerability, the rawness of our inner lives, and how we move forward in the face of it all. The audio is an expansive orchestral soundtrack crafted by Mueller and Fritch over the course of two years.
Like the essays, the music exemplifies complex emotional and textural layers via strings, woodwinds, percussion, and wordless vocals, ranging from cinematic and dreamful to thundering and powerful over the course of its nine tracks. Late artist Lillian Rammel’s hand-made masks from the 1970s are featured throughout the package, symbolizing inward and outward perceptions. The combination of audio, text, and visual create an immersive and broad experience. This is work about people, for people.

This is being released by Mueller’s own Rhythmplex label.
Stream Death Blues ‘Ensemble’ on NPR’s First Listen  
Some of the above album information was rebroadcast from the Rhymthplex website

Listen/purchase: Heavy EP by William Ryan Fritch

Stream ‘Heavy’ EP in full at Bandcamp for a limited time. 

'Heavy', the new EP from composer William Ryan Fritch is a bombastic and ever-moving work that draws equally from the forward-thinking arrangements of modern chamber music as it does the snarling, imposing presence of Garage Rock. The whirring barrage of sounds and textures that percolate through it’s six songs are both wildly varying and effortlessly assimilated.

Bass Clarinets and French Horns growl and moan in concert with bursts of analog synths and electric guitars. Thundering primitive rhythms crunch and grind while strings, harps and flutes scurry about in the wake of each percussive stomp and crack. Using only live, acoustic, and un-sequenced instrumentation, Fritch contorts and bastardizes familiar styles and idioms much like electronic musicians do through sampling; by oversimplifying their forms, altering their tone and texture, and tangling them together in irregular and complex ways.

This EP is the most recent installment in Lost Tribe Sound’s ever expanding ‘Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series’; an endeavor that will see 10 albums of Fritch’s music (more than 6 hours of new music) released in a span of less than nine months. In addition to this ambitious spate of records, the long awaited release of his collaborative project with drummer Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir), Death Blues ‘Ensemble’ is slated for release by the label, Rhythmplex on September 23rd, 2014.

'Heavy' will also be included as a bonus download card to those purchase the Deluxe LP Book of 'Revisionist' or subscribe to the 10 album Leave Me Sessions Series from Fritch. ‘Revisionist’ the epic final installment of William Ryan Fritch’s Subscription Series is coming in early 2015.

'Heavy', the new EP from composer William Ryan Fritch is a bombastic and ever-moving work that draws equally from the forward-thinking arrangements of modern chamber music as it does the snarling, imposing presence of Garage Rock. The whirring barrage of sounds and textures that percolate through it’s six songs are both wildly varying and effortlessly assimilated.

Bass Clarinets and French Horns growl and moan in concert with bursts of analog synths and electric guitars. Thundering primitive rhythms crunch and grind while strings, harps and flutes scurry about in the wake of each percussive stomp and crack. Using only live, acoustic, and un-sequenced instrumentation, Fritch contorts and bastardizes familiar styles and idioms much like electronic musicians do through sampling; by oversimplifying their forms, altering their tone and texture, and tangling them together in irregular and complex ways.

This EP is the most recent installment in Lost Tribe Sound’s ever expanding Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series; an endeavor that will see 10 albums of Fritch’s music (more than 6 1/2 hours of new music) released in a span of less than nine months. In addition to this ambitious spate of records, the long awaited release of his collaborative project with drummer Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir), Death Blues ‘Ensemble’ is slated for release by the label, Rhythmplex on September 23rd, 2014.

Artwork by Joao Ruas

'Heavy', the new EP from composer William Ryan Fritch is a bombastic and ever-moving work that draws equally from the forward-thinking arrangements of modern chamber music as it does the snarling, imposing presence of Garage Rock. The whirring barrage of sounds and textures that percolate through it’s six songs are both wildly varying and effortlessly assimilated.

Bass Clarinets and French Horns growl and moan in concert with bursts of analog synths and electric guitars. Thundering primitive rhythms crunch and grind while strings, harps and flutes scurry about in the wake of each percussive stomp and crack. Using only live, acoustic, and un-sequenced instrumentation, Fritch contorts and bastardizes familiar styles and idioms much like electronic musicians do through sampling; by oversimplifying their forms, altering their tone and texture, and tangling them together in irregular and complex ways.

This EP is the most recent installment in Lost Tribe Sound’s ever expanding ‘Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series’; an endeavor that will see 10 albums of Fritch’s music (more than 6 hours of new music) released in a span of less than nine months. In addition to this ambitious spate of records, the long awaited release of his collaborative project with drummer Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir), Death Blues ‘Ensemble’ is slated for release by the label, Rhythmplex on September 23rd, 2014.

‘Heavy’ will be available for purchase as a digital EP August 19th. It will also be included as a bonus download card to those who purchase the Deluxe LP Book of ‘Revisionist’, the epic final installment of William Ryan Fritch’s Subscription Series coming later this Fall.

Artwork by Joao Ruas