Monday, January 10, 2011
10. FOXES IN FICTION "FLASHING LIGHTS HAVE ENDED NOW"
"Only found in photographs/ This feeling haunts the past/ The silence walks between us/ The silence seems to last."
Flashing Lights Have Ended Now is such a beautiful song, it paradoxically manages to be melancholy et uplifting at the same time. Hildebrand's lyrics et delivery are inflected with despondency but there is a quiet optimism in the music, it's like his head is saying one thing et his heart another ... this is bedroom/dream pop at it's finest!
the beginning of the song has a levitating effect, our bodies rise up off the bed, we begin to float around the room ... hazy, out-of-focus, lilting vocals echo around us, the gentle familiar strum of an acoustic guitar, followed with warped, wonky guitar riffs, bringing with them a warm wave of nostalgia as it opens out into a solo reminiscent of Lindsey Buckingham et late 70s Fleetwood Mac. a catty dialogue sample jolts us back to reality momentarily before an ocean of fluttering synths swell over us, swirling et sparkling until slowly fading away into the night sky, our bodies gently touch down on the bed, the dream is over ... for now ...
Hildebrand is a master of writing wonderfully transporting dreamy pop songs, like impressionistic water colour paintings of clouds. he definitely manages to capture something of the feel of 80s British twee pop, as defined by the iconic Sarah records. his music is only going to get better with age!
ah, that album cover! man i really dig the tinted/duotone photographic look, nostalgic yet very contemporary, just perfect ... very "Smiths" ... this really needs to get a release on vinyl!!!
let the wonky hazy reverb gently cascade over you ...
MP3: Flashing Lights Have Ended Now
you can buy the "Swung From the Branches" album online from itunes
check out the Foxes in Fiction myspace here, or go to his official site/blog here, where you can presently download his new "Alberto" ep for free, definitely worth grabbing!
or check out his tumblr site here, which has loads of goodies too.