Release Date: Aug 10, 2018
Record label: Triple Crown Records
Throughout history, "Nearer My God to Thee" have become infamous last words. The traditional Christian hymn retells Jacob's dream of a ladder reaching all the way to heaven, but it's gotten a reputation for inserting itself into parables of tragic ambition. The Battle of Gettysburg culminated with a disastrous infantry assault by the Confederacy, and its band played the hymn as surviving troops retreated from Pickett's Charge.
The group recruited erstwhile Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla and Hop Along polisher Joe Reinhart for Nearer My God, their new record, and one that unapologetically aims to be a sprawling masterpiece, filled front-to-back with studio antics and vast soundscapes. Not that Foxing lack for choruses on this record. "Bastardizer" mirrors the sparse storytelling of of The Antlers' "Two" but with a taunting, sarcastic melody instead of lo-fi earnestness: "Here lies the magician / Survived by applause but still can't listen / The Bastardizer / The patron saint/Of disconnection / Of feel-no-shame." "Grand Paradise" boasts hysterical gang vocals and some perfectly deployed screaming towards the end, accentuating the pure angst of the chorus.