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 drifter Ontario Gothic.  Warren Hildebrand’s rich analog synths provided the lush backbone to his female lead apparitions as they whispered sweet nothings into our ears.  Listen to that track here.

Almost five years ago, Foxes in Fiction released Swung from the Branches, a much more ambient and experimental full-length.  In this album, you can practically hear Hildebrand tinkering in his bedroom, writing the blueprint for the lofi shoegaze pop that Foxes in Fiction would morph into.  These recordings follow a similar path to Windy & Carl, Kyle Bobby Dunn and Grouper, using field recordings and loops in addition to sparse instrumentation.  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.  Double gatefold jacket (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.  Listen to the album in full below.

The Details

Each order will include:

• a double-12” gatefold record with pink & yellow marbled vinyl
• a small amount of a custom perfume made specifically for this release, sprayed on the cover of each jacket
• a home-printed risograph poster
• an 11” x 11” insert with track-by-track explanations that were posted online at the same time as the original release
• a home-printed booklet of lyrics and photos that accompanied the original cassette release
• a hand-pressed 1.5” pin
• a logo-stamped tea bag
• guava candy
• Foxes in Fiction & Orchid Tapes stickers
• 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 won’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.

Price $28

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