by Ari Stein in New Music on Friday 29 February 2008

His name echoes those of colonels and soldiers who fought in the American civil war. But far from that, William Fitzsimmons is actually an obscure songwriter from Jackson, Illinois. Fitzsimmons has built a fan base through Myspace and, would you believe it, the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. When I hear his song, It’s Not True, I think of bleached wood, smoky red wine, and the great American outdoors. It follows in the footsteps of Iron & Wine, Damien Rice and Sufjan Stevens — subtle folktronica that draws you in with its melodic and enchanting production. Fitzsimmons comes from the same hometown as Sufjan, so its perhaps no great coincidence that his music shares a very similar sound.

Listen to the William Fitzsimmons song, It’s Not True.