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Summer Fiction


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Summer Fiction is the moniker/band name for Philadelphia singer/songwriter Bill Ricchini. The songs on the self-titled debut record were written to flow into one another and feel of a certain whole piece of work, ranging stylistically from late 60s baroque pop to torch songs to folk rock ballads to old time waltzes to country duets. The album loosely follows a young girl’s coming of age but reads like the journal entries of the guys who fall for her.

Most songs were written not sitting at a piano or holding a guitar but rather in Ricchini’s preferred method- riding the subway. He’d dream up these songs riding the 3 miles from the Race Street to the Tasker/Morris stop; humming the songs as he walked home before desperately searching for his digital dictaphone before he forgot the new melody and arrangement playing in his head.

Ricchini self-produced the record using pro studios for rhythm, harpsichord, piano and vocal tracks. The bulk of the recordings, however, were done in a spare bedroom in his South Philly row home. Percussion tracks were cut remotely and feature a vibraphone, timpani and massive marimba cut at The University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Members of Philly bands such as BC Camplight and Buried Beds played on the record along with classical players doing strings, woodwinds, clarinet, and accordion. A pocket symphony if you will.


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