By: Staff –
Edmonton-based indie artist King of Foxes (aka Olivia Street) is back with her new album, Salt & Honey, which you can stream exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
“Salt & Honey is a bit of a departure from the sound of my last record,” says Street. “Golden Armour (my first full-length) was banged out in a couple of weekends, whereas this one was much more layered, and we took a lot more time to decide on arrangements, instrumentation, and production choices. I’m really happy with the way it sounds. It’s warm and nostalgic and quirky at times. Golden Armour was compared to bands like Veruca Salt, Lush, and Metric, whereas I feel like the overall vibe of this new record is pretty different… I’m curious to see if our supporters are going to come along for the ride, even though we’ve gone in a bit of a new direction! I hope so!
Lead by the vocals of front woman Olivia Street, King of Foxes has drawn comparisons to Alvvways, Juliana Hatfield, and Rilo Kiley while still retaining an edgy and playful persona. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, King of Foxes’ evocative lyrics are deftly interwoven with seeing-eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft. Her signature sound is quirky and textural incorporating elements of Brit-pop and melodic indie rock that inform a well-read musical style.
The seven songs on Salt & Honey explore the idea of preservation. Both salt and honey have been used for thousands of years for the purpose of preserving; neither substance will ever spoil. The album is tied together by this lyrical theme, examining this concept both in interpersonal relationships and the relationship with the self — what do we preserve as parts of ourselves worth keeping, and what do we slough off? Is this process sweet, or does it burn? Salt & Honey is an aural swan dive inward, exploring intimate themes of memory and personal myth.