William Ryan Fritch – The Letdown (2020)

William Ryan Fritch - The Letdown (2020)
Artist: William Ryan Fritch
Album: The Letdown
Label: Lost Tribe Sound
Year Of Release: 2020
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
01. Unhinged
02. Free Radical
03. Compulsion / Going Through The Motions
04. Initiative
05. Dream Differently
06. Experiment
07. Curls of Smoke / False Confidence
08. Unraveling
09. Progress Traps
10. Ashen Relics
11. The Letdown
12. Hesitation / Recurring
13. Shuttered
14. Dream Glitch / Fugue State / Broken Barriers
15. What’s Left Unfilched

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‘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

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