Foxing begins their new album, Dealer, by coming to terms with their last one. “Weave” is, in many ways, a song about contending with the past and, through a few well-placed callbacks to the St. Louis band’s debut, quickly establishes their reframed focus, and attempts to turn the page. “On my soft slide into torch songs,” Conor Murphy sings, pivoting the weight of the track on his voice. “How have I been stuck here for so long?” he asks, a question that rings out; “I’m alright, it’s time I moved on,” he eventually concludes. The result, as hinted at by lead single “The Magdalene,” is a quieter, more carefully considered Foxing. It’s comparable to the tattered strings of their previous opener, “Bloodhood,” but where that track served as a precursor to the mounting tension of The Albatross, the glassy surface of “Weave” is a mode that the band largely sticks to throughout Dealer. Foxing is ready to break new ground, and “Weave” ushers that change in. Listen via WSJ below.
Dealer is out 10/30 via Triple Crown.