Our new DOPEST Video of the Week, “Backsliders”, comes from Edmonton based indie artist King of Foxes. Lead by the vocals of front woman Olivia Street, King of Foxes has drawn comparisons to Alvvays, 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 lead single off of the newly released album “Salt & Honey”, “Backsliders” explores the complex dynamics of growing up; not fitting in, trying to keep up with the 'cool kids' and the rollercoaster of experiences and emotions that come along with coming into your own. Presented as a boppy alt-indie track, “Backsliders” is a playful anthem for any misfits who ultimately came out the other side found their happy place.
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.
Watch our DOPEST Video of the Week, “Backsliders”, and stream the album from which it is featured, “Salt & Honey”, on Spotify. Also, connect with King of Foxes on her website and social media.