Album Review: Foxing - 'Nearer My God'

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After taking nearly three years to complete, Foxing have just released their hotly anticipated
third album, 'Nearer My God', which sees the band dipping their toes into a few different
genres of music and subsequently developing a more modern and obscure sound for
themselves.

'Nearer My God' is a body of work that is much more creatively challenging than
its predecessor, Dealer, as it still appears to have darkness weaving through the songs, but it
is portrayed in a much less obvious way with the use of more upbeat melodies and layered
vocals.

The general tone of Nearer My God shifts slightly away from the generic guitar band sound
and implements the use of synths and effects to create a steady growing atmosphere.
‘Slapstick’ and ‘Five Cups’ both begin with slightly melancholic low-fi beats and slowly
develop further into heavier instrument-laden choruses that allow you to drift into a
contemplative state as the urgency of the song, grows. In particular, ‘Five Cups’ is a 9
minute masterpiece that constantly builds and eventually erupts in a similar style to ‘8105’
by Moving Mountains.

Foxing have managed to create a stellar soundtrack of an album, that details the struggle to
keep afloat, in a constantly changing world - citing the apocalypse as being an influence.
Nearer My God is a complete mixed bag of songs that range from having an air of RnB,
stadium rock and a little bit of rockabilly in the form of ‘Crown Candy’. Most interesting is
their use of string instruments in the songs ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Won’t Drown’ which has a
dreamlike essence to it, with gritty vocals that become harmonised with a hypnotic bass
line. The strings add a subtle touch of vulnerability to enhance the dark lyrics.
The main highlights of the album come from ‘Gameshark’ which is a cacophonous ball of
chaos that opens with samples that wouldn’t be amiss in a Resident Evil film. Littered in the
background are vocal samples and what sounds like radio transmissions, which further paint
the unfolding of the apocalypse, as well as the completely obscure lyrics. ‘Lambert’ follows
along the sci-fi atmosphere with its heavy synth and wailing guitars. It is very anthemic and I
can imagine it being an incredible song to see live.

Overall, Nearer My God shows that a little time and patience can really pay off, as it allows
you to get more in touch with your creative side and try new things.

Words by Tyler Damara Kelly