Music NB’s 2020 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Kylie Fox, has released both her new alt-folk LP, Green, and its latest single, “Glowstars.”
The album wastes little time showcasing Kylie’s unique brand of song-based storytelling, and the results teem with unmistakable genuineness and endearing charm — all traits that have earned Kylie an attentive audience coast to coast, along with features on the CBC, chart positions on earshot!, spots on festival stages, and more.
There is a quick wit, signature sarcasm, and inherent empathy that drives her delightful songwriting.
“‘Glowstars’ was inspired by the experience of teaching school while, at the same time, living with my parents,” Kylie recalled. “I finished writing the song during my prep when I was supply teaching at my old high school, and filling in for my favourite English teacher.
“Each morning, I would put on a blazer and maintain a role of authority all day, and then come home to my parents asking how school was before going to bed and laying under the glow-in-the-dark stars I’d put on my ceiling when I was ten.
“The song speaks to the role-playing of adults,” she continued. “It speaks to how we feel a certain jealousy to the naivety of those experiencing the era of our own nostalgia, which I think is childhood, and to the tragedy of growing up and losing the [freedom from] inhibitions that make children so compelling.
“I felt it was so poignant to film the video at Harbour View High School, where I experienced both sides of the duality the song speaks of: the teenager wanting to move on from school, and the grown-up in denial.”
The video shoot wasn’t fully in the clear without one minor hiccup, however. “All the little kids in the video are my nephew’s friends, and all the ‘big kids’ are friends I went to high school with,” Kylie explained. “We were supposed to shoot the dance sequence in the hallway and, when everything was perfectly lit and enough smoke had filled the space, the fire alarm went off!
“The fire department came, and it was very embarrassing, but the following day the principal emailed the crew to apologize. They said they shut the alarms off for us that day, which I thought was the hippest thing.”
The song is the latest to land from Green; the heartfelt album is her debut LP and sophomore offering following 2017’s six-track introductory release, Balcony – EP.
“I recorded with Dale in his remote Nova Scotian farm house,” Kylie recalled of creating Green with East Coast Music Award-winning producer Dale Murray. “I would drive over from Saint John and stay for a night or two at a time throughout the summer to work on it.
“Dale’s wife (and fellow ECMA-winning artist) Christina Martin is an insane cook. I would relish in the opportunity to ask them about bizarre touring stories and professional advice while we shared meals and a bottle of wine at the end of a work day. Christina even bought fireworks for the session drummer’s birthday…
“The process was a dream.”