Foxes in fiction - trillium killer - orchid tapes


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"a sprawling epic...experimenting with form more than they ever have before..."


"...a promising development from the more conventional dream pop..."


"...Trillium Killer, likewise promises to find tenderness in experiences of trauma, but doesn’t back away from confronting an impulse towards self-destruction."


“...shows songwriter Warren Hildebrand at a new poetic high, and sets the tone of negotiation...beautiful, worthy of time and many replays.

- Pop Bollocks

Trillium Killer is the third album by Warren Hildebrand, a Toronto-born musician and producer living in New York City who also founded the celebrated homespun record label Orchid Tapes, responsible for notable early-career releases from (Sandy) Alex G and Soccer Mommy.

Recorded between 2017 and 2019 in Hidebrand’s home recording studio Trillium Killer represents a clear and marked step forward in Foxes in Fiction’s sound, songwriting technique and conceptual scope. Softly dazzling soundscapes are laid beneath bright and often-manipulated vocals to emulate a number of different perspectives and identities, despite Hildebrand being the record’s only vocalist. Orchestral strings and electronic bass weave in and out juxtaposed with lo-fi elements like drum machines and cassette samples demonstrating a keen ability in finding a common ground between a range of disparate production ideas and styles.

Hildebrand has previously described their music as ‘healing music’, and while this idea is still present in the DNA of these songs the lyrics betray a darker side to the process of understanding trauma. With repeated allusion to medication, internal struggles with self-destruction, confusion surrounding queer intimacy and sexuality and making sense of fractured identity, Trillium Killer is an ambitious work dedicated to living a life that is losing control and what people do when they find themselves there.


Oct 25 - Montreal QC @ St. Edward’s Church

Nov 2 - NYC @ Public Records