Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Record label: Triple Crown Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Post-Rock
Foxing paint the most melodramatic of pictures. The Albatross was a heartbreaking album and one of the most powerful and moving I've heard. "Rory" still haunts me to this very day because this album portended dire circumstances yet left you on a note of optimism. It drew hope in a bleak world with Conor Murphy's lyrics chock -full of momentous depth.
The Albatross became a self-fulfilling prophecy for Foxing. While the St. Louis band's relentless touring enabled the slow-build success of their debut, the aching opening track on Dealer recounts the effect of Conor Murphy having to repeat ugly truths about himself night after night for the better part of two years: "I am caught up in the guilt/ Making a living off of drowning." Though Dealer is an artistic triumph and a significant advance from The Albatross, it's even heavier, more compositionally complex, and more personally revealing than its predecessor.