by Tim Birkbeck
Progression in music is such a cliché when it comes to describing records. But how do you describe a record when it displays such a clear evolution from a bands debut release? A record which pushes new boundaries in their sound?
Well, if the band in question is Black Foxxes, and the record you are talking about is Reiði (the follow up to their acclaimed debut, I’m Not Well), then even the word ‘progression’ simply doesn’t cut it.
When listening to the 10-track record, it is clear that the band has taken a more considered approach to what they are writing about and what their output is. The results are magnificent; a mix of emotions, blended into rock coated fuzzy guitars, topped off by Mark Holley’s soothing, yet gritty tones.
What makes this record connect with its listener is that it is a full package. Yes there are stand out tracks, but from the moment opening track ‘Breathe’ begins, all the way through to the very raw closer, ‘Float On’, there is not a single track you want to skip.
Songs like the ultra-catchy ‘Manic in Me’ show that Black Foxxes are capable of producing a song that would be right at home in the charts, but in the very next breath can deliver a very raw emotionally driven song like ‘Oh, It Had To Be You’, which is a personal favourite.
But it is the rock heavy ‘Joy’ where the trio put everything that make Black Foxxes into one big mixing pot, resulting in a song with both a rough guitar riff and tender lyrics. It’s this tenderness, honesty and heart on your sleeve mentality which makes Reiði so accessible.
There is an element of discovery present on almost every song and, as a listener, as you dive deeper into the record there is a sense of you are discovering who Black Foxxes are. It leaves you with a beautiful and heartfelt image.
Reiði is nothing short of sublime.
Reiði is out on March 16 via Search And Destroy