Foxes Talks "Echo", Movies, and More
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:12:20
"Echo", the latest single from Foxes, resounds quite brilliantly.
The UK songstress bewitches with dynamic delivery and a certain mythical pop je ne sais quoi. She's unlike anybody else out there, and that's what makes "Echo" so invigorating and irresistible. It's also what's going to make her your new favorite artist…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Foxes talks "Echo", movies, her biggest influences, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Echo"?
I was in a relationship—I still am—and we were going through a rough patch. I don't usually write songs about relationships. This is one of the only ones. I had this idea in my head about the "Echo" of a relationship, and it stuck with me. I basically felt like the guy didn't really believe in the relationship enough. I felt like I was the only one making an effort. There's a line that says, "Didn't you say you'd stay until we heard the last echo?" You'll stay until the "Echo" is gone.
An "Echo" is a fitting metaphor for a relationship because so many aspects will resound throughout.
Yeah, that's exactly how it felt. It's almost like saying, "Why wouldn't you stay until you heard the last pieces of our relationship?" It reminded me of an echo in that sense. That's how the song came about.
Is it important for you to paint pictures and tell stories with the songs?
I'm inspired mostly by film so I think that's why that happens. Visuals inspire me more than music itself. I love it when the music tells a story. It's not just about the lyrics. I think the music should also have feeling in it. That's why I enjoy soundtracks. They don't need lyrics. They tell the story in and of themselves. It's really beautiful. I think it's great if people can get a story in their heads from the songs.
What films and soundtracks do you come back to?
Recently, I really loved the Drive soundtrack. I think everyone does because it's so brilliant. I'm a big Donnie Darko fan. I really love Leon: The Professional. When I was younger, I used to watch Leon like five times a day. My mom used to say it was ridiculous [Laughs]. I like Forrest Gump. I really enjoy happy-sad family. I've got this happy-sad vibe in my music as well. I quite like melancholy stuff. That's a link there.
I know! I wish I was Matilda [Laughs]. It's pretty amazing.
Do you tend to read a lot when you're writing?
I'm more of a visual person, but I do love reading. It just takes a really great book. I like Alice Hoffman. She's a beautiful writer. If I'm skimming through a book, words will pop out at me.
How does "Echo" connect to the album as a whole?
Well, it's an interesting song. "Echo" was the third song I wrote. For me, it was an important moment. I wanted to create something that was emotional but also felt very vibrant. I wanted a song that felt like there was almost chanting at the end. "Echo" does that, but quite a few of my songs started do that after I wrote it. I felt like I wanted more of it. The newer stuff has that vibe as well.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a hard one [Laughs]. The album has a lot of emotions and different feelings running through it. It's not a straight album. It'd be a few movies. It'd be a Disney movie like Aladdin for the fun elements. I don't rap, but I think it'd be like 8 Mile with Eminem. I have no idea why! Then, there's a bit of Leon in there for the happy-sad thing. It's like she feels strength throughout the movie. It's all about her coming out of everything even stronger. There's a lot of that in the album. That felt like what I was going through during that time. It'd be a combination of those three.
What artists shaped you?
I'd probably say Kate Bush. I actually got a baby video the other day, and it was really strange. I'm crawling around on the floor and Kate Bush is on the background constantly. My mom and sister are massive fans, and I grew up with them. I'd say people like Kate Bush, Björk, and Patti Smith. I have a soft spot for Kate Bush because she's really emotional and real. I admire her because she's not putting her music out for anyone. It's her project, and she doesn't do it to please anyone. You feel like you're entering her world.
"Echo" is a gateway into your world.
Yeah, there are lots of elements in "Echo" that will be on the full album. There's a lot of sadness, feeling happy again, and joyous moments.
Whose idea was the dummy in the video?
[Laughs] It's fun, isn't it? Basically, I sent out to a brief saying that I wanted something not too serious that told a story that had meaning and originality. It was the director's idea. I was laughing my head off reading the whole thing. I knew we had to do it! It was so fun to film. It tells the story's message, but I don't like to take myself too seriously. It's not like any old relationship. It's got meaning behind it, which is nice.
Have you heard Foxes?
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See our review of "Echo" here!