Foxing have released their new song, ‘Nearer My God’, from their forthcoming record, which is due out August 10. Five different versions of the track have been announced. The first, and the one that appears on the album, spotlights the classic delicate-to-desperate delivery fans have come to expect from vocalist Conor Murphy; an aching tale of an artist’s most honest vulnerability. The four that follow express the same sentiment in an equally moving manor, but they’re performed in Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
“The language idea started as a “wouldn’t it be cool” thing that just kept going. The whole point was to put in a fraction of the effort that most international artists put it. The goal was to show respect and appreciation. Each step was difficult because we wanted to get it as right as possible and my only knowledge outside of English is some high school French. Each of the four foreign languages had its own set of difficulties but, after working with 70ish translators and friends for a few months, we've got one song in five tongues."
Strangely enough, ‘Nearer My God’ was actually on the chopping block as the band was nearing the end of recording with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists). “I kept zeroing in on it as something that had a lot of emotional weight and felt really relatable to me,” Walla told Stereogum in an interview last month.
AUGUST TOUR DATES:
Thurs 9th – Bush Hall, London
Fri 10th – Bush Hall, London
Sat 11th – The Haunt, Brighton
Sun 12th – Rebellion, Manchester
Mon 13th – Whelan’s, Dublin
Tues 14th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wed 15th – The Cluny, Newcastle
Thurs 16th – Arctangent Festival, Bristol