Foxes In Fiction is the recording moniker of Warren Hildebrand, a Canadian musician who currently resides in the Big Apple. Trillium Killer is his third album, a patchwork of soundscapes, tape samples, drum machines, vocals, strings and electronic bass sees lo-fi and hi-fi nestling together in perfect harmony. A good thing to know about this fella is that he founded the label Orchid Tapes, and is responsible for putting out early recordings by Sandy (Alex G) and Soccer Mommy.
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'Trillium Killer' is the third album from Warren Hildebrand aka Foxes In Fiction. As well as running the superb Orchid Tapes label, Hildebrand has had time to release an album of gorgeously rendered pop music. 'Trillium Killer' contains nods to dream pop, electronica, and lo-fi. It's a little bit like if The Cure got into James Blake, Happy People, and chillwave.
The melodies on this album are gossamer-light and the arrangements are floaty. Everything sounds glassy and fragile. The songs have often got this great burbling sound-wash underneath them, like a soundscape canvas, which lends the songs an otherworldly air.
One of my favourite elements is the inclusion of autotune (hint to artists: if you want me to like your music, add autotune. I gave this advice to T-Pain and look where he is now). The vocals are just on the edge of being a little affected but they never get that far. Hildebrand has a really emotive voice that works well within the arrangements. He seems to float above the instrumentation.
Although this is a mournful album, there are moments of elation. It can both sadden and uplift which is a marvellous thing indeed, just don't let him anywhere the nursery!*
*Upon reflection this joke is a little unclear. I'm talking about a plant nursery... because the album is called 'Trillium Killer'... cos its plants innit...
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