With a voice like a choirboy and a beard like a lumberjack, acoustic-oriented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons is a striking visual and aural presence.
His music, over the course of seven LPs and EPs since 2005, has brought him comparisons to Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam (and I’d add Beth Orton due to the way he links Folk with spacy, ethereal Electronica and orchestral touches).
His latest release, this year’s melodic seven-song Pittsburgh, has a hushed, Zen-like peacefulness that is calming and centering. The writing and singing are open, vulnerable and confident in the way they share intimate thoughts about family, love and loneliness. Read more about Fitzsimmons in this week's Sound Advice.
See William Fitzsimmons with Jake Phillips Friday at Madison Live. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com .