Spirituality in music is certainly nothing new. Foxhole perhaps took it to another level with their 2004 debut, We The Wintering Tree. The Christian instrumental group wrote and recorded the album in the sanctuary of a small-town Kentucky one-room church. Thankfully, Burnt Toast Vinyl has re-released We The Wintering Tree for all of us to hear. What is so different about Foxhole compared to other instrumental outfits is the band’s reliance on the trumpet. The instrument sets the mood for the entire album. It is a beautifully subtle instrument when played in the right manner and it fits these slow, deliberate movements perfectly. The band rises and falls around the trumpet’s lead. It is a remarkably distinct characteristic for an instrumental outfit to possess…especially in a genre that is so consumed with the generic soft/loud dynamic. The band is most comparable to the rambling spirit of Do Make Say Think. Both bands have an almost improvisational quality towards instrumental music. Vocals do appear on several tracks but they are simply used as another accenting force behind the band’s rich, majestic sound. We The Wintering Tree certainly has my interests piqued to find out what Foxhole has been up to since 2004.
The End Of Dying
A Children’s Canto