(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #398: Chloe Foy

By on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 at 12:00 pm

Header photo by Dan Wiebe

As stated in her SXSW 2018 bio, Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Chloe Foy takes a page from the books of such peers as Laura Marling and Sharon van Etten in creating folk-pop songs with a distinct classical sensibility. Foy’s music is deftly melodic, with subtle textural undertones and complex harmonic variations under brittle yet agile vocals and elusively evocative lyrics. Her style is so completely unassuming that it might not attract attention on the first pass, but there is an earnest quality to her singing and a refined touch to her musicianship that come as a pleasant surprise to a patient listener.

‘Are We There Yet’, which is featured on Foy’s official Web site, was released last spring on her EP of the same title. Its graceful piano melody provides a lilting rhythmic motion under Foy’s floating vocal lines, “if you could stop loving this, I’ll forgive you all of this risk”. The electric guitar motif adds sonic texture to an otherwise straightforward arrangement, while layered vocal lines create both harmonic interest and dramatic tension.

Recent single release ‘Flaws’, from the same EP, is similarly delicate and gauzy, yet somehow earthy at the same time. Opening with muted bells and a gently plucked acoustic guitar, the song swells into a fuller instrumental sound as it progresses, with drums, brass and strings underscoring Foy’s gentle vocal refrain, “I know something you don’t know . . .”

Foy’s 2013 single ‘In the Middle of the Night’ hints even more strongly at an organic folk style, with guitar, plucked violin, and mixed percussion prominent in the instrumental milieu. The tempo throughout is upbeat and almost dance-like, and the addition of typical pop instrumentation (drums, guitar, and keyboard) adds a bright tone color to the end of the song. The song’s precipitously changing character is perhaps a metaphor for Foy’s own artistic evolution, as she observes in its lyrics: “I am a law unto myself, too many faces to dispel.”

Chloe Foy is still in the process of raising funds to finance her trip to America for SXSW. If you’re interested in helping her out, you can find her PledgeMusic campaign here. We hope to catch her live in Austin in March, but as with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, her appearance is subject to change. We suggest that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

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