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The Old Believers (Extended Edition)

by William Ryan Fritch

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ACL 2017 ~ TOP TEN MODERN COMPOSITION - "This time, we expect the timbres to be holy, measured, serene; and indeed they are. A yearning is established in the early minutes and never abates." - A CLOSER LISTEN (

2017 IN REVIEW: JOURNEYS IN MODERN & EXPERIMENTAL CLASSICAL - "There are infinite subtle charms in this thoughtful and restrained collection of tracks with a breathtaking, elegiac beauty all their own" - STATIONARY TRAVELS

Fritch’s compositions are jaw-dropping behemoths. His skills in this area are well-documented. Sure, we’ve known about them for a while, but that doesn’t diminish the power of the music. One segment emerges as a shy and softly-spoken soul, a delicately plucked instrumental, while the next explodes with volcanic force. - James Catchpole - FLUID RADIO (

"8/10 STARS "The Old Believers is comprised of a longer sequence of shorter cues which skew to the plaintive and wistful side, using delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar and slowly bowed, melancholy strings to support Fritch's always soul-stirring, magnificently fluid lead work on whatever assemblage of wood and wires he's coaxing to his purpose." - Scott Gray - EXCLAIM!" (

"William Ryan Fritch has taken great care to create albums that stand on their own even when you haven’t seen the movie it was made for. His musical style, string arrangements and album production can immediately be recognised and is different from most of the large-scale productions." - AMBIENT BLOG (

"The Old Believers that proves the most affecting, in large part due to the treatment of string instruments as lead voices." - TEXTURA (

"Throughout these albums Fritch shows his musical chops in the form of composer, musician and recorder. His strength lies in his ability to construct multi layered pieces with an attention to, structure and how the instruments work together." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING (

In 2014, William Ryan Fritch and Lost Tribe Sound embarked on a massive undertaking to release a series of 12 albums from Fritch over a two year period. Known as the ‘Leave Me Series,’ it covered a wide spectrum of sound, including two soundtracks offered as series exclusives from Fritch’s work for film during that period. For the subscribers who had the chance to hear these original soundtracks for the films, ‘The Old Believers’ and ‘The Sum Of Its Parts,’ they were heralded as two of the most prized and cohesive scores in Fritch’s vast catalog. 

Knowing how loved these works became, LTS has decided to open the musical vaults and make these albums available to the public for the first time. In addition, ‘The Old Believers’ album has received quite the facelift since it first appeared in the series. Along with the new cover artwork, Fritch has rearranged and incorporated 8 new compositions.The additional music was taken from two other recent films that also center around the plight of those that are displaced and seeking refuge (including 2016’s academy award nominated documentary ‘4.1 Miles’).These new pieces offer engrossing textures and beautiful themes that unlock new depths to the solemn meditations of its previous iteration.

It should be noted, that calling ‘The Old Believers’ and ‘Sum Of Its Parts’ soundtracks paints an incomplete picture. Too often the genre or classification of “soundtrack” brings to mind sloppily arranged carbon copies of a film’s cues; often just a few main themes and a collection of one minute tracks that, when not set to picture, fall short of an overall worthy listen.  

This is where Fritch’s soundtracks truly separate themselves. For LTS released soundtracks (such as 2013’s ‘The Waiting Room’ or 2016’s ‘Birkitshi’) Fritch spends a great deal of time after the film is finished making the soundtrack experience stand on its own, making sure it tells an incredibly strong story even without the visuals. This attention to detail becomes evident when listening to masterful ebb and flow of an album like ‘The Old Believers.’ While it’s just semantics, Fritch’s “soundtracks” could easily sit right along side the most cohesive LP’s out there.



released July 14, 2017

All songs written, recorded and mastered by William Ryan Fritch
Cover Photo courtesy of Grayeme (
Cover photo modified by Ryan Keane
Old Believers Trailer footage courtesy of Michael Mills from the original film "Zero - Zero (Fog Sketches)"
Footage modified and under creative commons license - (
Published by Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP 2017)
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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