Robin Allender – Foxes in the Foyer
Limited Edition of 350 | Hand Numbered | Clear Vinyl..
Circular melodies adorned with simple samples and loops. Its charm makes a lot of sense given that Allender plays in film composer Yann Tiersen’s live band – Lars Gotrich NPR
Music of heart and humanity, as fresh (and refreshing) as a spring lake. – Textura
Robin Allender certainly has prowess on his instrument but I found myself drawn to the more woe-some and winsome tracks that inter-weave amongst the track order, culminating with the prettiest song I have heard in a while. In fact, were there a Buddha Box with only the final track “An Uneven Lie” I probably would never leave the house again. – Field Hymns
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You become immediately enamored with Robin’s sincere approach to composition. I personally love when an artist doesn’t shy away from just simply writing a beautiful song with no pretentious tricks for validation. Unhurried interlocking patterns comprise these instrumental guitar pieces featuring acoustic and electric guitar, sparse rhythmic accompaniment, banjo, piano… Tracks like ‘M. Laurelle’ are trance inducing with a beautiful hypnotic-circling guitar line that brings to mind artists like Ali Farka Toure or Jozef Van Wissem. That being said it would be doing a disservice to classify Robin’s approach to mood.
“Foxes in the Foyer” seems to be a record about place, and brings to mind the openness of the english landscape where Robin hails. Ambient brilliance drifts in on ‘Esplanade’ while pedal steel guitar accompanies the albums beautiful closer “An Uneven Lie”. Robin proves to be a unique craftsman and no surprise that he is the right hand man to many notable songwriters.