Canada’s indie-rock outfit King of Foxes – the brainchild of Edmonton-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Olivia Street – drop their brand-new single, “Doomed To Repeat,” via Crystal Baby Music.
Talking about the song, Olivia shares, “There’s an oft-repeated phrase about letting go of ‘all the things which no longer serve you.’ It’s way easier said than done. I’ve often found myself stuck in the messy intersection between my needs and the realities of the situation I find myself in. Like Sisyphus, you might be pushing the same rock up the same mountain every day. Something has to give.”
A collaboration with multi-Juno-nominated producer Stew Kirkwood, “Doomed To Repeat” is an appetizer for King of Foxes’ forthcoming third full-length album, Twilight of the Empire, slated to release in September 2022.
King of Foxes’ two previous albums, Golden Armour and Salt & Honey, received vast praise from Gateway, the Edmonton Journal, and Canadian Beats. The latter album, Salt & Honey, amassed beaucoup airplay at CKUA radio and appeared on the station’s list of Top 100 Albums of 2019.
“Doomed To Repeat” opens on glittering guitars riding an up-tempo rhythm as Olivia’s luscious, evocative voice imbues the lyrics with hints of sumptuous pop savors. On the verses, the harmonics are vaguely reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, while on the chorus the tune takes on flavors of Liz Phair.
“But when you come around / There are all sorts of cracks to be found / In the peace that I keep / And I’m dragging a stone up that hill on my own / It’s a past that I’m doomed to repeat.”
The popping snare delivers crisp punch, juxtaposing the staccato guitar and sparkling tones of the piano. Soft, radiant harmonies add tasty accents, giving the song glowing depth and dimension. As the song culminates, jaunty horns inject embellishing leitmotifs.
With “Doomed To Repeat,” King of Foxes rolls out waves of bewitching indie-rock crowned by the deluxe voice of Olivia Street.