Premiere: Francis Foxx proves exciting on his debut EP, Time
Premiering today ahead of a full release this Thursday, the EP sets the Perth heavyweight on top on a solo level too.
Over the past few years, we've constantly found ourselves talking about Perth's James Knox, and when going through and listing everything he does amongst the Perth music scene, it's really not too hard to see why. There's his work with J.F.K., the breezy garage-pop-esque Perth band that he fronts; Treehouses, another local favourite that you've no doubt seen pop up across Perth live music lineups for a while now; and now, there's Francis Foxx - a solo endeavour that focuses on a more subtle, electronic-backed sound, premiering a few months back with his tender debut single Incinerate.
The latter project is the one we've been talking about the most in recent months, fascinated in his ability to make cinematic electronica despite his previous bands being far more guitar-driven and chaotic, something we really paid attention to with the release of Incinerate and again with its follow-up, In Colour. "It's a bit of a curve-ball in comparison to his other, more guitar-rooted projects, but he does the job in spectacular fashion, combining subtle vocal melodies and pairing them with a soft, delicate instrumentation that'll leave your heartstrings pulled thanks to its emotive, cinematic feel," we said on the debut release, and we're proud to say that on his debut EP, Time, this is something further spotlighted.
Spanning four tracks, Time is an exploration of the many facets of James Knox as a person, a songwriter and a musician. With an EP giving him the room to move, Francis Foxx is able to introduce new sounds into the mix while shining a further light into his previous, already-shown strengths, mirroring down-tempo electronica and subtle indie-pop with moments heavier and more dancefloor-rooted, topping them off with insightful lyrics that pair relatability with vulnerability, as he explains. "Time is a collection of tracks from a pretty difficult 12 months," he says on the release. "It’s like a capsule of emotions and experiences condensed into one offering – something to look back on and remember life, love and growth."
Dive into the full release below, and stay tuned for even more to come as he eyes a full, national breakout throughout the rest of 2019 and beyond.
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