Having been compared to the likes of Fatherson and We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dunfermline five-piece FOREIGNFOX describe themselves as a ‘turbulent juxtaposition of dark, visceral post rock and defiant, uplifting at-folk’.
The intersection of opposing genres is what makes new release Lights Off, Carry Me Home a captivating culmination of despair, hope and optimism.
You can hear Jonny Watt’s pain in ‘Lights Off, Carry Me Home’, it’s beyond sadness and feels like there’s a need for respite, a desire to return home. The track is a climatic force in the face of dismay, building to a final brutal honesty, before treading lightly into the next track.
‘Bonfire’ is more hopeful and resonates with the band’s commitment to heart, hope and empathy; it’s a sea of emotion, of what music was crafted for: to communicate the human condition and connect through shared experience.
A Capybara remix of ‘Bonfire’ is a suitable outro and simply reiterates the many reasons why this new release proposes a poignant return for the band to the Scottish scene.
Words: Rachel Cunningham