What Time Is It Mr. Fox? - And Other Stories...
Odd artist names are not always the binder for unique music. BUT! in the case of What Time Is It Mr. Fox? the music is as unique and drama-ful as can be such generic instrumentalist times. No, this isn't a concept album from a left field Emo band. Simply put. this is beautifully composed music.
With a mincing of Jazz, Folk and Lounge, What Time Is It Mr. Fox allows for a melting of everyday stress. Perhaps a glass of wine and track "Gospel Of Beauty" which has tasteful violin, and vocals that rival the peaks of Jeff Buckley. The following track "Horror Cartoon" has a Fiona Apple pianio melody, but a lyrical pacing that even the odd Jack Black (Tenacious D) would enjoy. Mixing it up nicely the following track "The Fog" soothes wonderfully. There is an enormous amount of courage put into this album, as a lot of tracks could easily be scrutinized and framed to fit obscure amateur artistry. Look to the final track, a violin explosion "March Of The Hares" to discredit such statements.
While lead vocalist Brian King reminds me of a mix between Buckley, Black and Gavin Degraw, its truly the diverse genres and melodic adventures that will have this album fighting its way into my top ten this year. Not a lot of records come without notification and stay in my collection, but when they do its a pleasant surprise. And Other Stories... is one of those albums. This release has content, just dig deep past the awkward slowness at times and you'll find the humility that demands respect.
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