With Black Foxxes currently in limbo following line-up changes and (of course) the global lockdown, frontman Mark Holley is taking time to release clutches of non-Foxxes music recorded over the past few years.
The Sunflower EP a few weeks back was a collection of delicate acoustic tracks, with partner Ciara Flint providing vocals on the title track. By contrast, ‘Low Tide and the Dying Sun’, a collaboration with Bristol-based band Poisonous Birds adds a wash of synths and atmospherics to the DIY skeletons of songs, recorded on guitars and vocals.
It’s a nice middle ground between the spare arrangements of Sunflower and the raging rock of Black Foxxes. Fingerpicked guitar skates on a programmed keyboard beat on ‘Low Tide’ and ‘Undertow’, before being overtaken by synth drones that congeal with distorted guitar chords. Tom Ridley of Poisonous Birds takes lead vocal on ‘Let’s’ while the drums tap afrobeat. ‘Without You’ is carried by discrete piano notes and Holley’s distinctive voice before an ending wash of synth (“the longer the note the more dread”).
While we wait for the live music shutdown to end, it’s a welcome addition from a songwriter who clearly is brimming with different ideas. We can’t wait to hear what Black Foxxes have saved up for us.