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Before The Cold Heart

by Michael Fox

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“On Before The Cold Heart, Michael Fox exhibits unending talent from songwriting to production and every intricacy that lay between. Each track is so wildly different, built on specific emotions and marred by moments of sonic surprise. It’s a labyrinth, this EP, weaving in and out of territory we thought we’d left behind with each new track, but the takeaway is that every composition on Before The Cold Heart has been crafted with such care and creativity that it makes for an unreal listening experience.”
— The Music Mermaid (bit.ly/tmm-michael-fox-review)

Michael Fox takes his artistry from stage and screen into the studio with his astounding debut EP. Written in London during the summer of 2017 and inspired by the tense, insecure atmosphere hanging heavy over the city, Michael’s songwriting expresses a formidable yet sensitive appraisal of love and life in an uncertain world. His delicate folk guitar mixed with bold beats and layered vocals convey an impassioned depth of feeling.

There is a lot going on in the world right now and Michael uses his creativity to articulate his indignation. In ‘London’s Burning’, he sings fiercely of an elite that “mock up the truth in disguise” and a “man who is swelled by the swelling elite” who “dines with the sinners of greed.” Michael’s fear and helplessness is palpable, as he wails over and over “it won’t change” his voice reminiscent of a young Thom Yorke.

His music is a diverse mix of indie folk, vintage synth pop and anthemic ambient dance tracks. The synth sounds and stunning French female vocals on tracks like the heartfelt ‘They Don’t Love You Like I Do’ hark back to Air’s late nineties dream pop; a poetic and loving embrace of a European union.

Listening to Michael’s songs you’re immersed in a despondence that feels too deep and wide. But swelling within are waves of promise; there are warm hearts and hopeful beats, rousing melodies and rich, velvety vocals. Michael’s fragile, yearning voice is looking for promise in a cold world; the chaos of digital sounds and glitches around him reflect the uncertainty of finding it.

But despite the unease, fuzzy intros build to hypnotic, uplifting dance beats. Swaying and moving to the rhythm, you feel that maybe there are enough of us with warm, glowing hearts to overcome this political ice age, to light up the lies and liberate all that is true. There is hope.

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released July 27, 2018

Written by Michael Fox and Candy Says
Produced and recorded by Candy Says
Extra vocals on Love You Like I Do by Géraldine Bitschy
Extra guitar by Chris Barker
Mixed by James Cocozza
Mastered by Dean McCarthy at A Thing Called Music
EP design by Léa Morales-Chanard
EP photo by Matt Cooper
Press photo by Dominic Graham-Hyde
Liner notes by Rachel Poulton
Video Edited by Syd Harvey

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Track Name: We Had
I know there’s part of you

In my heart
There stands no doubt
I’ve made plans
And I can’t back out
Sunlight burst
Through an autumn bed
A drowsy gaze
A warming breath

For I held you in my hands
But I’m busy writing love songs with the band
Of a love we could have had

We had

There’s a room
It’s locked away
It holds the parts of you
I can’t replace
There may come
A foreign shore
I hope I’m washed up on
Where I don’t need you anymore

For I held you in my hands
But I’m busy writing love songs with the band
Of a love we could have had

For I held you in my hands
But I’m busy writing love songs with the band
Of a love we could have had

We had

And I know there’s part of you lost in me
You know the depths of my selfish demands
I’m not forgetting the love that I stole from you
Without extending my hand
Track Name: Watching The World Fall Apart
She wouldn’t sleep with me but she sleeps with the devil
To find a loyal lover in this broken time and space
You fall asleep I listen to your breath
You chose to hide the fractures I could mend

I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart
I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart

Funny how long you can live inside a bubble
I can tell the difference between a sinner and a saint
Regret is a warmth I’ve come to know
I miss the part of me that can’t let go

I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart
I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart

I feel strange
I feel strange

I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart
I’ve been watching the world fall apart
Your love is like a stab in the heart
Track Name: Cold World
I see the sky is burning
It breaks my skin
I see the dark clouds turning
No light breaks in

The world is built on lies and we can’t see the light to know we’re still alive
I thought I’d meet you on the other side
I can see the goodbyes in your loving eyes and can’t react
From now on you know that there’s no turning back

You’ve got a warm heart in a cold world
You’ve got a warm heart in a cold world
Underneath your skin I saw the whole world
I tried to be kind but I was too damn cold

There’s a part of you turning
And folding in
I cannot reach through the hurting
And colder skin

The world is built on lies and we can’t see the light to know we’re still alive
I thought I’d meet you on the other side
I can see the goodbyes in your loving eyes and can’t react
From now on you know that there’s no turning back

You’ve got a warm heart in a cold world
You’ve got a warm heart in a cold world
Underneath your skin I saw the whole world
I tried to be kind but I was too damn cold

Too damn cold
Track Name: They Don’t Love You Like I Do
They don’t love you like
They don’t love you like

They treat you like they got a heart like yours
Got to give got to give got to give it all
They’ll hold you tight but they know they’ll let you fall
Got to live got to live got to live it all

Love will come and hold you call your name
It’s not love that’s cruel it is the game

They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do

They don’t love you like
They don’t love you like

With the sun on our backs we’ll make it through
Give it time give it time give it time to be true
We’ve got the grace and weakness to fall
Be unafraid unafraid unafraid of it all

It makes no difference which way we go
I’ve seen a side of you they do not know

They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do
They don’t love you like I do

They don’t love you like
They don’t love you like
Track Name: London’s Burning
Come light a match for the fallen and dead on the street
For if London is burning at least you can live off the heat
How do you sleep when the image is scorched in your eyes?
It echoes between them they mock up the truth in disguise

But what if they were your blood?
Would you do it again now knowing the cost?

It won’t change
It won’t change
It won’t change
It won’t change

There lives a man who is swelled by the swelling elite
But he drowns in his decadence
Dines with the sinners of greed

But what if they were your blood?
Would you do it again now knowing the cost?

It won’t change
It won’t change
It won’t change
It won’t change

We don’t change
We don’t change
We don’t change
We don’t change

What about us? What about us?
When all our lives are all but dust?
Where do we go? How do I breathe?
Feel like an ash torn lonely street

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