Reading Foxes in Fiction

See Warren Hildebrand’s solo project at the Paragon before all the music blog praise swallows him up.

Warren Hildebrand, a 20-year-old Torontonian bedroom-pop jock, will have no problems getting into the Paragon when he plays here next week. After recently playing five shows in New York City, he now laughs about the US drinking age. "I had to get, like, a fake ID and everything, even to get into the places I was playing." Hildebrand records ambient indie pop as Foxes in Fiction, and this will be his first visit to Halifax. "I've never been to the east coast before," he says, calling from Toronto. "The furthest I've been in that direction is Montreal."

Packed tightly into a car along with Hildebrand will be supporting act Little Silver Tabby, making the drive down for a must-see show. Must-see because Foxes in Fiction has been getting lots of blog-love and online acclaim, with comparisons to Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox floating around. But Hildebrand makes it clear he's not looking to be typecast as an Atlas Sound-knock-off, despite the aesthetic similarities. "It's pretty honourable that I'd be compared to someone like Bradford Cox," Hildebrand says. "[His music] is such a big part of my life. But I'd like to carve out my own identity."

Like Cox's spaced-out soundtracks, his guitar loops are slow and foggy---hard to decipher on the first pass. Explanations and lyrics of each song can be found on his MySpace page to help decode those wispy words drowned in reverb. "I'm a big fan of transparency in music, I feel more comfortable when I put myself out there and people know where I'm coming from," he says. "I just feel like it makes the music more well-rounded."

After completing his first year of university, Hildebrand recently decided to record full time. This brave move could stifle any claims of blog-band-of-the-week, as it looks like he's in it for the long haul.

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