Using your own name as the title for your solo project intrinsically implies a lot of things. A humble, earthly honesty and the ability to wield an acoustic guitar around a campfire without irony being a few of the connotations. But putting an animal in the name of your work instantly makes it something that the likes of Pitchfork are going to be eager to hype up. even if Warren Hildebrand had opted to use his birth name instead of the Foxes in Fiction option he’s sided with, it’s likely that there’d still be a wave of expectation following the young Canadian following his joyously excellent cassette release ‘Swung from the Branches’ earlier in the year.
Since the tracks from the tape were given away on his blog a few months ago, fans have been increasing by the day. Epitomising the best of the current bedroom pop scene that’s emerging, Hildebrand takes dream pop and makes it ambient, throwing samples and elements of drone into the mix. It’s a sound that becomes all encompassing, a warm wave of noise that washes over you, it’s a noise removed from pop in all the right ways. Any electronic artist that tries to push the boundaries of sound is going to be compared to Animal Collective or Atlas Sound, but in this case it’s more true than most. It’s never a bad thing to be compared to Bradford Cox, but that Foxes in Fiction manages to find some new, interesting ground up against such a visionary is perhaps the most striking thing about the whole project.
Foxes in Fiction – Bathurst [download from last.fm]