Fox Owl Crow Debut Album – Review
Founded back in 2013, Fox Owl Crow is a Dublin based band, a collaborative project led by the very talented Suzanne McEnaney, better known as Fox. Before we get down to the brass tax of what the band is, it’s important to give Suzanne a hat tip as without her, none of this would exist. Acting as singer songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for the band, she is the cornerstone of a very impressive band. This, combined with the equally impressive talents of her bandmates, Frieda Freytag (cello/piano), Sebastian Boes (percussion/hammered dulcimer), Mercedes Trinchero (violin), and Carol Faherty (vocals/bass), has created a very eclectic and enticing sound in the form of Fox Owl Crow. It’s a name that works, because like the aforementioned animals, this band’s music is untamed, wild, and, at times, a little feral. Just two short years after the adventure began for this band, their self-titled album is about to be set loose upon the unsuspecting patrons of the Grand Social on 24 September.
Their album is dark and delicious, if you like eccentric and mysterious music, then this is definitely one for you. The self-titled track, ‘Fox Owl Crow’, is wondrously alluring, it speaks on a personal level with a sort of ethereal elegance – McEnaney’s voice is so full and emotive. Yet there’s a degree of flexibility to be found in this album, ‘Wolf’ is a track with a sort of playful exuberance to it. The cello flexes and prowls, whilst the low rumble of the percussion lurks underneath. It’s a track that demonstrates the band’s varying qualities. What’s most interesting about this album is the very definite way the band want each track title to reflect the song exactly. ‘Bats’ has a menacing quality to it and McEnaney’s voice takes on a more haunting and eerie elements; it is almost unheimlich but in a captivating manner. The build of this track reflects the musician’s awareness of each intricacy, the most tiny and minute of features is worked regimentally – all working to create a feast for the ears.