Wednesday, May 22, 2013
UPDATED: Listen to Fox and the Bird’s single as a sneak peek to forthcoming album
It's a beautiful folk tune with a dark side.
Local indie folk band Fox and the Bird quietly released a single entitled “Wreck of the Fallible” on Record Store Day. Amid the limited edition classic rock releases and the Sarah Jaffe/Toadies collaboration, you may have missed it. But it’s worth a mention.
Not only is “Wreck of the Fallible” a wonderfully poetic song full of charming melodies, it provides just a taste of what is to come
this fall in early 2014. Dan Bowman, multi-instrumentalist and one of the band's lead singers, said Tuesday Fox and the Bird expects its sophomore album to be available on CD and vinyl by October.
[UPDATE: Fox and the Bird debuted a second single from the forthcoming album, Darkest Hours, November 11. Check out "No Man's Land" on USA Today and look for the album January 14.]
The currently untitled full-length was originally meant to be split up among three EPs that, like a play, told the story of society’s downfalls, hope for change, and ability to take action in three separate acts. However, Bowman said the band ultimately adopted those ideas into one cohesive disc.
“We decided it would be better to put all our energy into one project,” he said. “All the songs kind of fit together.”
The new album was recorded at Ramble Creek Studios in Austin with producer Britton Beisenherz, who Bowman gushed has a knack for “capturing the raw sound” of folk artists. (Beisenherz has produced albums for Doug Burr, Telegraph Canyon, and Seryn.)
Reminiscent of an early tune from The Decemberists, “Wreck of the Fallible” swims seamlessly through waves of violin and banjo as guy-girl harmonies dance across the surface. The song’s vibe remains pleasant and calm even as the track engages listeners in a somewhat dark conversation. Fox and the Bird will be recording a music video for “Wreck of the Fallible” in the coming weeks, and it's slated to debut at the end of June.