McQuarrie Monday - An early concept of our band of heroes.
Why use cassette tapes?
They’re cheap and easy to produce and have the potential to look amazing. They force people into an often new and unusual listening experience away from mp3 culture that can give them more of an appreciation and sense of patience when it comes to listening to music that is often lost these days. It’s not really about the sound quality for me or anything.
Here’s the artwork for Foxes in Fiction’s upcoming LP Ontario Gothic, put on Orchid Tapes on Sept 23rd. Listen to the first single ‘Shadow’s Song’ featuring Owen Pallett at Pitchfork - http://p4k.in/1qCn7Qo
Pre-order for both the 12” vinyl and cassette can be found here - http://orchidtapes.bigcartel.com
Thanks so much everyone. I’ve been working on this for three years now and it feels so good to be done. Foxes in Fiction was the original reaon that I started Orchid Tapes and it’s so hard to articulate how I feel when I think about everything that’s happened since then. Love love love xoxo
Pre-order for the new Foxes in Fiction record comes with:
• Coloured 12” vinyl (translucent coke-bottle green / opaque doublemint green vinyl OR translucent sea blue / opaque cyan blue vinyl pressed together)
• Home-printed 11”x17” risograph poster
• 4”x6” photo print
• Printed 12” innersleeve with lyrics & credits
• Foxes in Fiction sticker
• Foxes in Fiction pin
• A thank-you note + Orchid Tapes sticker in a stamped envelope
• A logo-stamped oolong or jasmine tea bag
• Guava candy
Thanks so much everyone :)))
As this is my first-ever album pressed to vinyl, we’re really trying to go all out with all the extras.
A bit more about this song / record:
Ontario Gothic is an album comprised of seven songs dealing with individual instances of loss, grief and the process of healing over the five years following my younger brother’s death in 2008 and how I navigated life in the wake of that tragedy. It was recorded in Toronto and New York between fall 2011 and spring 2014.
Shadow’s Song is written about my fear of death and how I became alienated from the people closest to me after a five month long nervous breakdown in 2009. It features Owen Pallett on violin and Ansel Isaac Cohen on cello.
Owen Pallett became involved with the project in August 2013. I traveled from New York to Montreal for a few days to meet with him and talk through certain ideas, which eventually resulted in granting him full creative control over his contributions. Recording was finalized in November of that year while he was on tour with the Arcade Fire.
The album cover is a photo that I took in 2008. It’s an unplanned double-exposure that happened by running a roll of film through a disposable camera and then again through my Canon T7.
It was a couple of months after my younger brother had died and his ex-girlfriend / my friend Anna and I were walking towards my house in in Oakville, Ontario. She and I were talking about how even non-religious people often turn to things like religion to alleviate the emotional burden brought on by tragedies like a young person dying. As we were walking, we saw a wallet laying in a ditch down the street from my house, she opened it and found small deck of water-soaked Catholic holy cards, I took a photo right as she did.
Koen van den Broek