Robin Allender - Foxes in the Foyer
Boy, I do sure like listening to two completely different new albums one after another. Because the ambience of Bristol, UK based guitarist Robin Allender is about as detached from the coldness and inhumanity of Oddgrad. It’s warm, summery, even more like early autumn. Probably I’m guessing that because of the cover. Nature themes run high on this record, as Allender (who’s primarily a member of Yann Tiersen’s band) provides meditative, cinematic pieces of American Primitivism. The opening track, “Klondike”, sounds like the Spring itself (just like the La Morte Young said: “You Must Believe in Spring!”). That’s correct - after listening to this piece I was blown away like a pile of stale old leaves, exposing the fresh growth. With shimmering dronescapes thrown in between sprawling fingerpicking emotional vistas. This is a hugely relaxing album, providing a meditation on man vs. nature kinda stuff and thinking about going hiking for the next weekend in the nearest bushes. Good folk. Get it.