LittleFox brings her music like the stories she’s heard and told. Alison Jenkins (LittleFox) has been making music for over a decade. This is a polymath, who has completely delved into the artistic fields she loves. She has worked in live theatre as a composer, music director, and performer. She has also assisted with vocals as a session musician and toured with several bands. This is her mesmerising EP, Ghost in this House.
The honesty of Magpie Heart will melt yours. The banjo ringing always brings a smile to my face. She lays out the melody in small parcels, connecting us to the emotional roots on either side. Leading the groove with her lyrics and vocals, you hear the soft percussion guiding through as well. She tries to flip the dynamic with her second single, Death Bloom. The tone is sombre, yet the banjo sticks out. It is a two chord change essentially, and LittleFox keeps the poetry simple with her enrapturing vocal style. This is a brilliant musician who has structured the song to tell a story as a thriller of sorts. The twist comes with all the folds and turns.
LittleFox turns hearts to gold
With Home is Where You Are, LittleFox creates a memorable, emotional pocket of melodies. The banjo is heard crisp and clear, as the narrator of the tale. The vocals are limited to sweet harmonics that hypnotise you. The complexity of the emotion is too overwhelming. Perhaps an instrumental composition can do justice to those words.
Thirsty shows how this artist composes a love song without bringing the queasy cheesy into it. For too long, the same words plague pop songs and even many country ones. She realises the subtextual depth is considerably more, as heard in this track. Keeping the songs minimal also makes sure that the attention is on the lyrics and how they impact the protagonist of the song.
The title track for the EP closes out this fable. The acoustic strums echo with purpose, while her vocals take control as raconteurs. The purely acoustic nature of the track allows it to be experienced for the pure thrill and push.
I’d like to hear this brilliant collection of songs in Instant Family (2008). A lot of the songs carry the nature, the complex emotions of the movie as well. Though comedic at heart, the weave of emotions is always much more within the epidermis in comedy films. Her 2022 EP Desire Lines is a revealing and emotional listen as well, so follow her for more music like this. From a polymath, you can always expect more to surprise and excite you!