Harry Foxton - Arborist - Soft Loft
Boorloo/Perth rocker Harry Foxton is delivering passion and soul in his latest single ‘One More Night’ out yesterday. Not a stranger to the stage, Joel Stevens who goes by the moniker Harry Foxton founded established rock outfit Foxton Kings. Branching out into his own solo project, Foxton found a new passion for music playing his own originals.
Infused in indie, rock and country, ‘One More Night’ is a reflection piece. Exploring themes of love, hurt and the possibilities of these, Foxton sings with hopeful tenderness. His lyricism in ‘One More Night’ tells a warmingly honest story.
‘One More Night’ is a modern heartland rock classic. The track boasts bright upbeat choruses, sleek vocals and flourishes Bruce Springsteen-inspired guitars. Capturing the excitement of a summer love, the song musically expresses the highs and lows of the unknowing possibilities of where love will take you.
Recently visiting Nashville to showcase his work at Americanafest and Tamworth Country Music Festival, Foxton has supported artists Boo Ray, James Carothers and Mike Miz. To add to the list, the country rock singer has supported world class acts including Lillie Mae, Golden Guitar nominees The Banks Brothers, and Portland’s Jenny Don’t and The Spurs on the NSW leg of their Australian Tour.
Alabaster Skin is the third and final single to be taken from Belfast artist ARBORIST’s forthcoming album An Endless Sequence of Dead Zeros released 21 April, Kirkinriola Records, which melds ARBORIST’s classic musicality with the more experimental hallmarks of producer Matthew E. White and the house band of Spacebomb Studio, Richmond, Virginia, where the album was recorded.
An intriguing and boundary pushing sound to file under John Cale, Bill Fay, Howe Gelb, Lee Hazelwood, Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born and The Go-Betweens.
The meditative and utterly mesmerising piano ballad Alabaster Skin was written during recent riots in Belfast, and at what ARBORIST calls “The older, bitter generation stroking hatred in the young, only to realise that they are not of the same mentality, their minds not as poisoned.” Its closing line “Honey, I’ve been dreaming of an awful rage. In another body, in another language” hints at the album’s dream state feel both sonically speaking and in its esoteric lyrics, with much of it written in the surrealist fugue of the last five years.
Alabaster Skin’s dreamy musicality comes curtesy of the lush strings of Trey Pollard (Faye Webster, The Waterboys, Nadia Reid) of the Spacebomb house band and Matthew E. White’s unique production. As ARBORIST expands on the song’s creation “I didn’t want any guitar on the track, however, after a few run-throughs it all felt a little naked and the piano a little exposed, so Matthew came-up with the idea of passing my piano signal to guitarist, Alan Parker’s, Microcosm Hologram pedal and allow Alan to tinker with it in real-time during the take.”
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Jorina on their Debut-EP “The title of the EP comes from a song that we saved for the album. There’s a line on there that says, ‘and you give me Joni in case I still get lonely.’ Joni Mitchell’s music helped me through all sorts of stuff over the years, and I hope that this EP will do that for others. That’s why it was so important for us to be this candid while addressing these topics: heartbreak, dealing with anxiety, self-worth, loss of identity, depression, etc.”
The material was produced by grammy-nominated Gianluca Buccellati (Arlo Parks, Biig Piig, easy life, Lana Del Rey) and cut in a snowed-in studio in Engelberg. It was written in all sorts of "safe spaces" created by the band, one of which happens to be a cozy little house in Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Cut off from the outside world, often for days at a time, they would get lost in music and the bottomless well of late night conversations, and the magic would just happen.
Soft Loft is a safe haven, an attitude, a way of life. It’s where the broken and the imperfect are embraced and celebrated. Soft Loft is non-hierarchical. Soft Loft is where reality is transmuted into dreams and dreams back into reality. Judgement is suspended here. Because vulnerability is the gateway to connection. Anything goes, as long as it’s heartfelt and it flows. Soft Loft is a collective of musicians dedicated to creating safe spaces using sound. Soft Loft are: Jorina Stamm, Sarina Schmid, Lukas Kuprecht, Simon Boss and Marius Meier.