This week, WTSR’s Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band Name: William Fitzsimmons
Album Name: Mission Bell
Release Number: 11
Hailing From: Springfield, Illinois
Genre: Melancholy Acoustic
Label: Mercer Street
This album is a recent release from William Fitzsimmons and is very different from his previous work. Not only does it feature more personal material and lyrics, but he has also added more to his usual acoustic guitar. In addition to that, he uses synths and percussion to help amplify the emotion of the album. The somber story of William Fitzsimmons is told throughout the entire album, and by the end, you understand exactly what he went through in his divorce. The album may be heavy, but the story that Fitzsimmons tells through his music will leave you feeling introspective and in love with the beautiful melodies.
Must Hear: “Second Hand Smoke,” “Wait For Me,” “Afterlife,” and “Never Really Mine.”
Artist Name: Tirzah
Album Title: Devotion
Release Number: 1
Hailing From: London
Genre: Kaleidoscopic R&B
Label: Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Tirzah’s “Devotion” has a gloomy yet uplifting tone and is all about being in love. The title track, “Devotion”, has a simple yet dramatic piano instrumental in the background, while songs like “Do You Know” and “Gladly” have a dreamy, electronic beat. This album takes a more serious theme and a more sophisticated quality of instrumental sound than past albums from this artist. This is definitely an album for someone who is a hopeless romantic or overwhelmed by love.
Must Hear: “Devotion”