Tucked snugly into my ‘Best of 2014’ mix CD that I’m making for my brother is Foxes in Fiction’s sublime end-of-summer drifterÂ Ontario Gothic. Â Warren Hildebrand’s rich analog synthsÂ provided the lush backbone to hisÂ female lead apparitions as they whispered sweet nothings into our ears. Â Listen toÂ that track here.
Almost fiveÂ years ago,Â Foxes in Fiction released Swung from the Branches, a much more ambient and experimental full-length. Â In this album, you can practically hearÂ Hildebrand tinkering in his bedroom, writingÂ the blueprint for the lofi shoegaze pop that Foxes in Fiction would morph into. Â These recordings follow a similar path to Windy & Carl, Kyle Bobby Dunn and Grouper, using field recordings and loops in addition to sparse instrumentation. Â Had Brian Wilson heard this in 1967 during his baked-out Smile sessions, I think he would’ve gotten a kick out of it.
This is a really special release for Orchid Tapes and they’re pulling out all the stops for the vinyl release. Â Double gatefold jacketÂ (sprayed with perfume!!), a home-printed poster and booklet of lyrics and photos, track-by-track explanations of the songs, a pin, logo-stamped tea bag, guava candy, stickers and a hand-written ‘thank you’ note.
That kind of personal touch is one of the reasons why I got into vinyl, and it’s an absolute steal for $28. Â Listen to the album in full below.
Each order will include:
â€˘ a double-12â€ť gatefold record with pink & yellow marbled vinyl
â€˘ a small amount of a custom perfume made specifically for this release, sprayed on the cover of each jacket
â€˘ a home-printed risograph poster
â€˘ an 11â€ť x 11â€ť insert with track-by-track explanations that were posted online at the same time as the original release
â€˘ a home-printed booklet of lyrics and photos that accompanied the original cassette release
â€˘ a hand-pressed 1.5â€ť pin
â€˘ a logo-stamped tea bag
â€˘ guava candy
â€˘ Foxes in Fiction & Orchid Tapes stickers
â€˘ a hand-written thank-you note
Limited to 500 copies. Listen / download for free here: https://orchidtapes.bandcamp.com/album/swung-from-the-branches
This is a pre-order for this release; record orders wonâ€™t ship until closer until the end of February / beginning of March.
Thanks so much for all of your support, it means the world to us.
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