Review: Vieo Abiungo’s Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment

Vieo Abiungo: Thunder May Have Ruined the MomentVieo Abiungo: Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment (Lost Tribe Sound, 4/17/12)

“With Its Slow Decay”

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Multi-multi-multi-instrumentalist, composer, and all-around whiz kid William Ryan Fritch has lent his musical dexterity to a number of film scores, as well as underground rapper Sole and his Skyrider Band. He also has recently begun making a name for himself under the pseudonym Vieo Abiungo, having released two albums in addition to his latest, Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment.

As a solo artist, Fritch allows himself space to expand upon and experiment with both modern- and old-world music, influenced by but outside the confines of classical composition. But this time around, Fritch allows his music to speak for itself. Rather than playing to his natural talents, Thunder acts as a vehicle for his flourishing imagination. On it, Fritch explores the highs and lows of human emotion, as his all-acoustic instrumentation weaves together a spectrum of moods from quiet repose to taut anguish.

Meanwhile, Fritch continues his exploration in world music: “The Milk of Venom” is laden with a swirling Eastern melody, while the minimalism of “With Its Slow Decay” balances textures with a wispy desert call and piano and string harmonies.

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