Foxing
Dealer


4.5
superb

Review

by YadMot USER (9 Reviews)
October 30th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The musical embodiment of a moonlit forest.

Foxing's debut The Albatross shook me up. The incredibly personal lyrics resonated with me like they would any other twenty-something moper. Upon learning that Dealer was slated release mere weeks after I discovered Foxing, I instantly got full of hype and expectation for what the self-described 'post good' band could come up with.

I was not disappointed. Dealer is a far more reserved and quiet record, but it is in no way less emotional than the band's first release. This time around, however, emotion is portrayed more so with swelling guitars and strings than with harsh vocal melodies and hard-hitting lyrics. This doesn't mean that Conor Murphy's vocals are not stellar; the vocal melodies accompany the instrumentation in a vein similar to Bon Iver, sweeping in and out between beautiful chord structures and haunting drumwork.

I haven't heard such an easy record to listen to in a very long time. Songs seep into one another; almost to the extent where listening to individual songs would make them less enjoyable. The positioning in each song is what makes Dealer work so well. First two songs (and singles) Weave and The Magdalene are very vocal-centric, and they fade slowly into Laundered and Indica, which focus more on creating a soundscape of strings and guitar, rather than drawing the listener to lyrics.

Highlight of Dealer for me is, without a doubt, Winding Cloth. A four and a half minute instrumental piece, heavily inspired by Post-Rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky, mixes piano with heartbreaking strings and soaring brass. It is a truly wonderful piece of music, and shows Foxing's ability to mix many genres of music in an album while still keeping a coherent theme.

My only real criticism of Dealer is that around the 15 minute mark the album slows down a little too much. Laundered, while a pleasant listen, feels a lot longer than it is, and it halts the flow of the album. Make no mistake though, Foxing's sophomore release is a beautiful album full of wonderful melodies and instrumentation. A true must-have for anyone who wants a soundtrack to an introspective evening.



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YadMot
October 30th 2015


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel like I may've gushed about this album a little too much, but hey ho

rufinthefury
October 30th 2015


3080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Woo! Now we have a 4, 4.5, and a 5 review! Tip top album yee.





"I instantly got full of hype and expectation for what the so called 'Post good' band could come up with."



"Self-Described" would be a better term than "so called" imo.



Other than that pretty good review. Pos'd





YadMot
October 30th 2015


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's exactly what I had in mind when I wrote that, I don't know why I wrote so called hahah

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2015


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review man! I like the sort of informal approach you took for this...makes it seem personal.

Hopelust
October 30th 2015


3231 Comments


"The incredibly personal lyrics resonated with me like they would any other twenty-something moper."

lol. Moper.

"My only real criticism of Dealer is that it drags slightly around the fifteen minute mark."

Could just be me, but I read this sentence over and over thinking you meant the album is only fifteen minutes; and eventually it clicked that you meant at 15 minutes, the album drags. Once again, I could just be slow and stupid.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2015


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

maybe for the second sentence Hopelust mentioned say, "My only real criticism of Dealer is that around the 15 minute mark the album drags slightly..." or something like that. phrasing is tricky sometimes

YadMot
October 31st 2015


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's an idea, thanks for the criticism!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2015


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no problem! and if you want to edit your review just go to your profile and click edit my reviews

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
October 31st 2015


1384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice little review, keep writing man.



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