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William Fitzsimmons – Derivatives

May 29, 2010 by  

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William Fitzsimmons – Derivatives

NAME: William Fitzsimmons
EP: Derivatives
YEAR: 2010 (May 17th)
LABEL: Naim Edge
RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Tepid remix and rehash flubber

LOCATION: Illinois, USA

LINE UP: William Fitzsimmons (vocals)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Lilting bard of the lo-fi scene William Fitzsimmons lets his tender and sometimes touching ballads get some electronic massaging, but unfortunately the finished articles fail to impress. Simple dark pop becomes a little repetitive, if allowing for a somber atmospheric sound. The original versions included here are a little dull, but suits his vocal style much more – which begs the question as to why he thought this would be a good release idea. There’s also an acoustic cover of Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ which fails to convey any hint of irony or wit, and am guessing it was chucked in as a bit of a laugh.

SOUNDS LIKE: every other folk-scene singer/songwriter you’ve had to endure at open-mic nights, but with the added desperation of a DJ playing is favourite tracks in the background at the same time.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: simple folksy songs with beats ruining what should’ve been a tender and haunting collection.

LINKS: MySpace

– Owen Williams






 

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