With brilliant guitar work and a penchant for unique and subtly lucid chord progressions and songwriting, Will Fox gives a beautiful soliloquy for those speaking from the heart with his new video for the song ‘A Good Friend’s Handshake’, recorded live in his home in Los Angeles. These are the types of videos I love; minimal production and essentially live, giving the viewer but a glimpse of what to expect should one see this artist in an intimate live setting. Will’s guitar style is brilliant, harking back to the days of an acoustic Jimmy Page mixed with Paul Simon yet slathered in his own style, which is both heartfelt and earnest.
About Will Fox
In the realm of Andy Shauf, Cass McCombs and Big Thief, Will’s new album features collaborations with Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Kurt Vile, Cass McCombs), Tim Keen (Ought), Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore), Jessica Maros (Escondido), Brendan Lynch-Salamon (Los Angeles Police Department) and Matt Schuessler (Loma, Joe Pug).
Will pulled from his life’s crossroads for this record – navigating post-relationship feelings with an ex-girlfriend, his father’s cancer diagnosis, career changes, and everything in between. “There isn’t always an answer, there isn’t always a light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a beauty in traversing the ups and downs if only to enrich the human experience and test the human spirit,” Will said.
Will has lived everywhere – Houston, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro (where he studied Bossa Nova) and eventually instead of following his life’s journey to becoming a gristmill operator in Virginia, he moved out west and became a member of LA band Los Angeles Police Department.
His first solo work was the Cosmic Dusting EP in 2018, which popbollocks celebrated for “an emotional honesty that captures the spontaneity that many songwriters spend their time trying to synthesize.” Buzzbands LA also praised Will for “creating a sound of his own.”
This new record was mixed by Brian Rosemeyer (Cat Power, Kurt Vile), produced by Tyler Karmen (Alvvays, Noname, Protomartyr) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Mavis Staples, Hope Sandoval). From playing around on an 8-track tape machine in Koreatown to recording at 64 Sound in Los Angeles (owned by Pierre De Reeder of Rilo Kiley), there’s an ageless otherworldliness to it, yet also something fresh and youthful. His style mirrors his upbringing – being an American abroad and always feeling somewhat like an outsider, Will has long wrestled with the typical definition of “home,” but in 27 years of searching for it over the globe, he’s certainly found it in his music.