Listen To This: Foxtales
Manchester band drenching dark psychedelia with sweet vocal harmonies
Words: Phil Weller
Who are they:
Foxtales, a bright sounding Manchester act drench their dark psychedelic sound with sweet vocal harmonies
For fans of:
Jefferson Airplane, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush & Sturgill Simpson
What do they sound like:
A precisely balanced and natural blend of dark, eerie melancholia and sugary female vocals which glisten atop of a mix that thrives on simplicity and minimalism. Folk is the bedrock to their sound, with Angela Hazeldine’s genteel and rhythmic mandolin playing at the centre of that, while the rest of the band coalesce to create tranquil and lucid, psychedelically painted soundscapes. Amy Clarkson’s unique vocals, the icing of their musical cake, are eerily dominant.
Formed from Literature Thieves, which starred the female trio of Angela Hazeldine (mandolin/vocals), Amy Clarkson and Cassie Elwood (guitars/vocals), their new has fattened out their ménage a trios of sweeping vocals and swathing guitars, giving it more depth and scope. They’ve played Kendal Calling, Manchester Art Gallery and headlined Soup Kitchen in July for the launch part of their three track EP, Spider.
Delivered with a modern execution while its heart remains in the ethereal tonalities of late 60s/early 70s folk, Spider is a gorgeous and harmonious effort. Minimalistic, it gravitates around the entanglement of foot-tapping, Stevie Nicks resonating mandolin and guitars. The line “your skin crawls like a spider crawling up the wall,” is haunting and lovely all the same. Like a ghost with sweets.