If you’ve heard Foxing’s new album Nearer My God, then you know “Heartbeats” is a standout moment for the St. Louis band. Fittingly, its new video strikes a similar chord; it’s another addition to the growing catalogue of Josh Coll’s impeccably-directed videos for Foxing.
Watch the new video for ‘Heartbeats’ via YouTube, below:
In “Heartbeats,” we see vocalist Conor Murphy in his role as The Botanist (from the “Slapstick” video), utilizing different elements of modern dance to express emotion. Murphy’s interpretation gets so intense that by the time the brilliant Sergei Rachmaninoff sample arrives at the end of the track, it hits you like a sigh of relief.
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Created over the course of nearly three years, ‘Nearer My God’ was produced in St. Louis and Montreal by Walla and Hudson, with additional help from Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Modern Baseball). New track ‘Heartbeats’ is track 7.
It’s an apocalyptic melodrama about control in a world that really, really feels like it’s falling apart. Expertly-executed by vocalist Conor Murphy, guitarists Eric Hudson, Ricky Sampson, and Jonathan Hellwig on drums, Foxing shines their collective brightest on this record, especially on tracks like ‘Gameshark,’ or the title track, recorded and released in 5 different languages. Here, they combine elements of anthemic indie rock, avant-garde R&B, classical and more to create some of their most original and strongest material yet.
Foxing’s discography, including their 2013 breakout debut ‘The Albatross’, is one that can be slow-moving but with purpose. ‘Nearer My God’ took the band nearly three years to complete, but that time was well spent re-focusing on the future of Foxing. What preceded ‘Nearer My God’s newfound energy was the emotional and physical fatigue that came from years of their relentless drive. Their last album, 2016’s ‘Dealer’, helped push the St. Louis group to entirely new heights; Pitchfork instantly dubbed it “an artistic triumph,” it debuted at #3 on Billboard’s best-selling vinyl chart, and the band spent nearly 2 years off and on the road in support of it. The patience pays off, though; ‘Nearer My God’ feels like an entirely refreshed Foxing, even if they never really needed much refreshing in the first place.