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New Words For Old Wounds

by William Ryan Fritch

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Plushie Fanatic ❤️ The music, the lyrics, the album art-everything about this release is eerie and lovely. It goes right for the shadow nature inherent in all of us, resulting in music which is uncomfortably close even as it plunges into pitch black. Favorite track: Entirety.
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marsje50 Somehow this reminds me of the horror film 'Hereditary', probably because I found both at around the same time. The quiet yet powerful violence in both reverberates with one another. That strange beat, much like an old pulley wheel, combined with the dark, almost hypnotic vocals, make this as quietly creepy as finding out your suburban neighbours are part of a demonic cult.
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Nitwoe Chilling and beautiful, William Ryan Fritch takes you on a trip where you don't put year headphones away even for a single second. New Words For Old Wounds are a surprising mix of powerful and delicate sounds that take your breath away and leave you craving for more. Favorite track: Awake (feat. DM Stith).
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Where did that sound come from? Am I awake...Am I awake? Where has my father gone. Am I awake? Oh God, the damage done. My arms and legs Look what the fire's won My arms and legs
Cataclysm 03:25
Entirety 03:16
All the love and the time I can spare... All the hurt and all the weight... Such burdens that we share. All your love and all your trust and fears. I want you all, I want you whole. I want you all. Give me all of your imperfect delights. I want you all, I want you whole. Don't deny it to me. You've filched my heart and occupied my mind. I've lost myself in you so that we may be as one. But though I've built myself around you. We shall never be as one. Still, I want you all, I want you all. I want you whole. It is my only craving.
Nice and easy, Float tide Floats by on melodies of song Soft to feel it... sweet, sweet tide Floats by on melodies of song Melodies. melodies of song Nice and easy, float tide Floats by on melodies of song I feel it... The sweet, sweet tide Floats by on melodies of song.
Undefined 02:22
My way is a long winded way, dear. A dry tongue drags all the way here. Hulking hill. Distant one. Distant sir, you can call me son. Lean as a knife I am a blade between. An ancient end and an old beginning You climb and crash and complicate, and find your sight for retreat... Oh after I'm out of the way Oh after I'm out of the way
Disregard 04:16
Close your eyes tight and the only fires you'll see will be the ones burning in your lids. Close your mind in spite of all the sense you hear and you may only be poisoned from within. Disregard the past repeat the same mistakes. Turn a deaf all the warning shots that have been fired and it will remain a surprise. Disregard the past and revel in all these unforeseen mistakes. Disregard the past, repeat the same mistakes.
Conflicted 04:24
There are new words for old wounds, and new wounds that no words can do. Though there is little new to learn that we haven't already forgot, and little more to say than what we've been fed. For the frame may change but the image remains. Still denying our lowly place in the order of things So we devise. We've devised, this thinly gilded world... where we reign as paper kings. What old words we've devised, for our old wounds disguised an ancient pain, still untamed, we've made our own.
For the little we know, there is so much we say. Always Proclaiming as if each of our half truths are fact. With so little that we change is it wonder the acts of blind, inaccurate rage? The empty helpless prayer that cries out into the unknown... or the rounds and rounds of shots fired into the faceless dark? Oh how little we know about living in peace.


"Entralling and Doomy... with bewitching original artwork" - BANDCAMP

"Fritch's strongest and most emotionally resonant work yet" - TINY MIX TAPES

BEST ALBUM COVER & ALBUM PACKAGING OF 2016 - "The orchestral instruments are mixed so cleanly and fully that they seem to be pushing against the inner walls of the speakers." - A CLOSER LISTEN

TOP ALBUMS OF 2016 - "Between folk to old and paranoid dark pop, out of any comfort zone" - GWENDAL PERRIN





BEST ALBUMS OF 2016 - "It takes a lot to get me in the right place for modern or contemporary classical music, but William Ryan Fritch carries me far away into a place where only this music matters and, really, isn’t that the point of it all?" HAYDON SPENCELEY

"Dense, hallucinatory indie-folk whose semi-ecstatic energy level is so powerful it can barely be contained" - TEXTURA

" New Words for Old Wounds is a constant feast for the ears, but not one that is simply placed before you to no means is this an album that one enters lightly." - OPUS

"Fritch is making some truly unique music these days, the palette is wide, and the results are a curious and enchanting mix of film score and indie folk, where dynamics and mood are paramount, yet the music is heartfelt, yearning, and it’s impossible not to be moved." - CYCLIC DEFROST

"We talk about an artist being “prolific” when they release an album a year. And that IS a fast pace. But, What then to do when it’s time to talk about San Fransisco’s Psych-Folk composer William Ryan Fritch? He’s averaging 3 albums a year for Lost Tribe Sound. 3 full albums a year... It is seriously head spinning amounts of music.

And that’s one thing if the music is disposable, or simple, or just not very good in some way. But Fritch’s music is…well..none of those things. It’s weighty, significant and complex." - SONG SPOTTERS

Over the course of the twelve songs that make up 'New Words for Old Wounds', the latest release from William Ryan Fritch, the listener is given both a scintillating reminder of the immersive, unmistakable sound worlds he created over the last two years and a welcome introduction to an expanded sonic palette and refined craft that points to where his music may go next.

This parting gift to those that supported his ambitious eleven album subscription series, The Leave Me Sessions merges the colorful orchestration and high drama bombast of 'Heavy' and 'Emptied Animal', the sweeping soundscapes of his finest works for film, and the restrained, nuanced textures of 'Empty' to create its own distinct identity that is both haunting and infectiously exuberant. With guest vocal appearances by DM Stith, Powerdove, and Ceschi, New Words furthers the collaborative spirit found on 'Revisionist' and seamlessly laces each of the artists unique talents into his compositions.

Originally, 'New Words for Old Wounds' was slated to release as a strictly digital affair, but as the album took shape it seemed a more grandiose approach was in order. Lost Tribe Sound label owner Ryan Keane has helped design and handcraft a number of deluxe editions over the years, sparing no expense to work with the finest archival quality papers, cloth, and materials used in the professional bookmaking process.

'New Words for Old Wounds' will be released in two different deluxe CD editions. The first is part of a new series from the label called "The Private Reserve", which will bring to life highly limited and incredibly lavish handcrafted editions. The Private Reserve editions will be limited to twenty-five copies for the world, and housed in a Japanese side stitched hard cover book, containing four bound pages of lyrics and artwork. The second edition will be no less stunning, as LTS has enlisted the help of the packaging and printing press experts at Stumptown Printers in Oregon, to help create a panoramic gatefold housing for the album and lyrics sheet (limited to 250).

Both editions prominently feature the unbelievably realistic pen and ink paintings of artist Sail ( One would think they are looking at a black and white photograph or some sort of photoshop manipulation when viewing Sail’s work, but that would be incorrect. Between the bold musical forms, rich imagery, and the tactile, substantial packaging, 'New Words for Old Wounds' is truly a fitting close to Fritch’s masterful series.


released May 20, 2016

Originally released on Lost Tribe Sound. See Catalog:

All songs written, recorded and mastered by William Ryan Fritch
Except vocals on “Awake" and “After" written by DM Stith
Vocals on “Float By" written with Powerdove (Annie Lewandowski)
Vocals on “Hold Tight" written by Ceschi Ramos
Artwork by Sail (
Design and Layout by Ryan Keane
Published by Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP 2016)
Copyright by Lost Tribe Sound, LLC


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William Ryan Fritch is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer currently based in Oakland, California. His compositions are characterized by his unique range as a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, allowing him to realize large ensemble arrangements found in folk, Indie-rock, electronica,
Hip-hop, World and orchestral music as a solo endeavor.
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