released October 15, 2011
Fox & Woman formed in 2010 when Jess Silva (vocals), Andrew Nelson (guitar, keys), and Emily Haltom (vocals, violin, keys) started playing at a weekly street poetry gathering in San Francisco’s Mission District. As an acoustic trio, they rehearsed and wrote songs in the basement of a local antiques store, discovering a shared desire to stretch pop song forms to accommodate unconventional rhythms and harmonies. For their debut, self-titled EP, released in 2011, they added three other Bay Area musicians, including Will Boast (drums), and documented a sound bridging west coast folk and a baroque strain of indie-pop.
The dense, intricate songs that the band’s core line up began to hone over the following year reflect numerous influences, including the work of Simone de Beauvoir, whose novel The Mandarins became a key inspiration for Silva’s lyrics. Silva, who grew up in a Portuguese household, began singing in both English and Portuguese, feeling that the latter better accessed certain emotions. Haltom, a classically-trained violinist who also studied electronic music in college, pursued a more orchestral approach in her violin and keyboard parts. Nelson handled most of the part writing and arranging, and he and Boast worked to make complex song structures and rhythm parts feel natural and seamless. In early 2012, Fox & Woman played their first of two west coast tours.
That June, Silva, Nelson, Haltom, and Boast returned to Tiny Telephone to record their first full-length, This Side Dawn—a deeply considered suite of songs tied together by resonant lyrical and musical themes, not so much a concept album as a series of echoes and near echoes. Recording the expanded instrumentation on This Side Dawn allowed Fox & Woman to recruit many of their favorite Bay Area musicians—Jesse Cafiero (Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice), Danah Olivetree (Nick Jaina, Shenandoah Davis), and Kelly McFarling—as well as Paul Fleming on trombone and French horn. Ian Williams and Katie Mosehauer of Seattle Rock Orchestra and The Thoughts are also proudly featured. Fox & Woman spent 28 days between June 2012 and February 2013 tracking and mixing at Tiny w/engineer and friend Jacob Winik (Samantha Crain, Magik*Magik Orchestra). The full album was mastered by Bob Weston in Chicago in March 2013.
Fox & Woman will release This Side Dawn on May 31st, 2013 to digital and CD.The
band will tour the west coast in support in June.