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by William Ryan Fritch

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Excavate 03:36
Storm 03:48
Disunion 02:36
Musk Ox 04:51


‘Polarity’ is the first in a three album series reflecting on the many calamitous water crises affecting life on this planet.

Fifty percent of the sales for the three album series will be donated to communities that are at the front line of these crises, in perpetuity.

Multiple rounds of donations have and are continuing to be directed towards:

Much of the sound of Polarity was inspired by experiments in “real world-ing” various synthesized and electronic signals through modified speakers, transducers, solenoids and a multitude of electromagnetic drivers. All of which allow the sounds to be captured as acoustic phenomena resonating through various materials and liquids. For years, Fritch struggled to find a way to meaningfully utilize synthesized sounds and direct input signals in his music. So much of his relationship with composition and music in general is founded on tactility and proximity serving as vital determinants in how a piece of music is performed and developed. Fritch finally found relief from this through the utilization of hydrophones, ceramic PZM mics and unique contact mic setups to capture these sounds in a way that let him feel and see the vibration, resonance and energy from these circuits.


released January 13, 2023

Many of the experiments and ideas for this project came from William Ryan Fritch’s work on the exceptional 2022 feature documentary “Newtok” from directors Andrew Burton and Michael Kirby Smith. We cannot recommend this film enough.

A link to this beautiful and inspiring film, as well as additional ways to take action can be found here:

PODCAST INTERVIEW with THE 2010'S (Discussing the making of Polarity and its relationship to Climate Change).

#1 OF 100 - BEST OF 2023 - INDIE ROCK MAG

BEST OF 2023 - MUSIC FOR WALKING AND NOT CRYING IN THE AUTUMN RAIN - "As the conceptual background declares, the music is dark, cataclysmic, and post-apocalyptic in all the right ways." - HEADPHONE COMMUTE

"What is Polarity? The possible answers include the electromagnetic properties amplified on this album; the changes taking place at the earth’s poles; and the separation of humans into opposing tribes. The rest of the trilogy will fill in the blanks like the melting glaciers fill the sea." (Richard Allen) A CLOSER LISTEN

"If there is someone you can count on to think out of the proverbial box and do interesting things in the studio, it is William Ryan Fritch" - STATIONARY TRAVELS

"The physicality of the sound here is palpable, and allows Fritch to bring mutant techno pulses and electronic drones & surges into his acoustic soundworld." (Peter Hollo) UTILITY FOG

"TOPS OF THE POPS" - Week of Jan. 13th - THE MODERNS

"Impressively, he’s able to convey the magnificence and beauty of something that is also so devastating and destructive, and held in precarious balance. An omen pointing to the (un)refinement of (our) decline." - WHITE CRATE

"while remaining very ambient and deeply organic, underneath the impulse of these numerous instruments that the Californian handles with impressive mastery and merges with his thick layers of textures, whether keyboards or bowed strings." - (Rabbit) INDIE ROCK MAG

Originally released on Lost Tribe Sound. See Catalog:

Total run time: 43 minutes

All music written and recorded by William Ryan Fritch
Album arrangement by R. Keane
Layout and design by R. Keane
© Lost Tribe Sound LLC / William Ryan Fritch
℗ Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP)


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William Ryan Fritch California

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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