Review by Lindsey Craun.
With all the drama that accompanies family gatherings, gift-buying and the search for the coolest New Years Eve party, the holiday season can be summed up in one simple word: stress. Luckily for you, we’ve discovered the perfect solution for mellowing out as the year comes to a close. Six months after the release of his debut album, Foxes in Fiction’s Warren Hildebrand has already released his new EP, Alberto, a collection of seven soothing songs capable of alleviating even the worst case of post-holiday stress disorder.
Alberto begins with “Bathurst,” which surprisingly kicks the EP off to a slow start compared with what follows. Have no fear, however, it only gets better. Hildebrand’s voice drowns into a sea of sound in “School Night,” allowing the listener to focus on the soothing, daze-like soundscape that he’s created. The artist’s brief experience as an art student becomes blaringly apparent through the next few songs— “Sadiya,” “Fifteen Ativan”and “Borders,” the latter featuring a guest appearance from Galleries. Each track is a unique fusion of sounds that create an acoustic work of art.
The album seems to take on a new, soothing and even spiritual attitude starting with “To Josef, In Texas,” a voiceless song with a an airy sound reminiscent of the ocean. The mood continues in “OCAD Flu,” where the soloist utilizes several sound sources and recording techniques that, together, meld into a beautiful soundscape that overflows with emotion. The track has almost a tribal feel to it, and leaves you in a bit of a meditative state. Though it seems to start off slow, Foxes in Fiction quickly eases into a beautiful sound that will leave you calm, cool and wanting more.