By Taylor Ritchie
Louisville indie-alternative sextet, The Foxery, has bursted onto the scene with a stunningly haunting debut album, Unless. This is perhaps one of the most impressive debut albums I have heard in some time, and every single song is remarkable, while coming together to form an intensely deep and moving cohesive piece.
The band’s strongest suit is their lyrical finesse—while dark and brooding, this is not an easy or pleasant listen, but a moving one. This is the type of album that affects you, leaves you feeling ravaged and emotionally vulnerable, bringing out the darkest of one’s thoughts and questions and by the end, feeling very much like an exposed open wound. It’s deep.
It is far too difficult to pick favorite tracks from this album, as every track is as good as the next. From the brash monologue in “The Sorrow”, to the cutting lyrics in “The Filth”, every line and note is crafted with unnerving, but exquisitely placed passion and true heartfelt emotion. There is not a single aspect of this album that disappoints. For fans of this genre, this album is very much in the rankings of Brand New’s famously evocatively dark, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.
In fact, The Foxery sounds like protégé’s of Brand New, which is perhaps why I enjoy their sound so much, but still manage to have a style very uniquely and entirely their own. From the opening, brief track “(In)ferno” to the end, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”, the entire ride is beautifully depressing and rich with thematic talk of solitude, loneliness, and existential questions. Their sound is punchy, rambunctious, lyrically impactful, and lush with transcending guitar riffs, eerily rich vocals, and the appropriately placed vocal growl. This is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard and reviewed so far this year, and I am exceedingly impressed with The Foxery. For fans of Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, and Manchester Orchestra, be sure to check out The Foxery’s Unless. It will not disappoint. This album will be in regular rotation for me and I look forward to what the future holds for this band—I have high expectations.