Foxes – White Coats (download)
April 11, 2012
This song is rated: 2 Pills – intermediate musicologist level
Hi there, Dr. Whuzzerface here!
Have you ever heard a song that has accordion shout rock? Listen to Foxes “White Coats” and you can mark that off your bucket list. It sounds just like the description, a breathy vocal accordion repeating the words “Could have” over in different notes. The beat is basic with deep and an oscillating decayed synth and some good finger snapping action going on (akin to Rilo Kileys “Silver Lining”). Foxes voice enters in gently, it’s not harsh on the ears at all, which is on reason that this song is so enjoyable to listen to. Let me highlight my favorite (and the smallest) part happens at :34 – it’s just an electric guitar chord but it feels like it belongs to so many great songs of the 90’s that it makes my heart jump. Ok, gushing moment aside. Keep an ear open for when she gets the chorus, there are all sorts of great harmonies going on including a guy singing bass a few octaves below the melody. I thought that was a nice touch and if you heard it too, I’m sure you’d agree. For the second verse she even brings in harp and piano, playing in unison. She does scale it back a notch in the bridge with a vocal solo trailing off with the words “I need know that you’re around”, that bounce around in your ears until the beat picks back up.
My point: I like all the introspective and pleading lyrics, the epic shouted accordion elements are intriguingly different, and I’m excited to see how, especially starting off with such a great song like this, Foxes sound is going to blossom in the future.
*Added bonus, she’s allowing you to download the mastered mix of this song free for a limited time, so get it while you can! (click the downward pointing arrow in the player below to download)*