American composer William Ryan Fritch released two new albums via Lost Tribe Sound. The Old Believers (Extended Edition) and The Sum of its Parts are two cohesive works from Fritch’s archive of music for film.
He also announced the release of A History, in Boxes, a collaboration with writer/spoken word artist Matt Finney. It will be out on August 18th. We had a little talk with the Oakland-based artist about his works and his music. We also have the pleasure to premiere a new track from upcoming album. Listen to “All That Lives Will Sour” below.
Last Week you released two new albums: The Old Believers (Extended Edition) and The Sum of its Parts .They are both “score albums”. What about both works? And are you still tied to soundtrack composition compared to the beginning of your career and the subsequent evolution?
Both of these soundtracks were for films that I scored 2015 and were initially only available through the subscription series Lost Tribe sound ran for me during that time. Since then I amended The Old Believers OST ( which was initially had 10 songs) to include works from two other films that drew from similar sound worlds and common themes. This gave the record a more fleshed out and intriguing arc that I believe helps it stand on it’s own even better.
My primary work is still very much composing for film. I am typically working on 2 feature length documentary or independent film and a short, broadcast length film every month. The range and budget of the projects I work on has certainly expanded recently and has included more fiction/narrative films than when I started, but my workload and lifestyle has stayed much the same.
“A History, In Boxes” is a new album that will be out on August 18th. What about it and the collaboration with Matt Finney?
Matt, had sent me an email early this year about potentially working together on something. He had a vision and the beginning of a story revolving around a couple from the southern US who had gradually grown apart and seen there once radiant love dim and warp with time and circumstance.
Matt is an incredibly intuitive writer that makes incredibly transparent and convincing scenes come alive through his distinct and deceptively simple style.
The music for this had to project a vulnerability, purity and freneticism of young love while also be able to turn tense and fractured as the characters relationship disintegrated through the album/story.
A step back. A few months ago you released “Birkitshi – Eagle Hunters in a New World “. What about it?
That record was the product of a lot of work for a film about the traditions of Eagle Hunters and there place in a rapidly modernizing Mongolia. The film makers were looking for music that integrated sounds and techniques used in traditional Mongolian music into more abstract and cinematic compositions.
You recently posted some videos in which you play different instruments during recording sessions. Is there a specific instrument that you like more at the moments to try new ways to express your sound?
I tend to compose for my albums and film works on whatever instrument the music calls for. I don’t really have a primary instrument any more that I use for writing. I am certainly stronger on strings and percussion, but every day I am using different instruments depending on the orchestration I need for my work. This approach definitely always keeps me on the look out for new instruments to add to my studio, but mostly each project pushes me to find new techniques and new ways to manipulate what I have at my disposal.
Some of your albums are part of Leave Me Sessions series. How much is important to have behind a label like Lost Tribe Sound for your music and your way to express yourself?
It is hard to imagine what the last 9 years of my life would have been like without Lost Tribe Sound.
Ryan has been an indispensable driving force behind my work since then and has been my greatest collaborator. To have a creative partner like that who’s been willing to work and grow with me over the years through enumerable ups and downs has been something I am most grateful for. His sense of aesthetic, and obsessive attention to detail is the perfect foil for my sometimes chaotic, prolific nature.
Are you planning a tour? And are you thinking about some live shows in Europe?
There are some early talks and plans of coming to Europe in February and March in support of Behind the Pale, but as of yet nothing concrete.