Since the release of his second album Eleven in 2012 ("Stunning" – Dazed & Confused, "Brilliant" – NME), Mr Fogg has continued to tread an unconventional path. In 2014 he spent several months working behind the scenes on the development of Thom Yorke's BitTorrent experiment, recorded a duet with the singing comet 67P and unveiled a previously unheard collaboration with Under The Skin composer Micachu. Youth - a response to the death of his father in 2012 - is a departure from the electronic wizardry of Fogg's previous two studio albums, drawing as it does almost entirely on natural instrumentation, spaces and sounds. String quartet, flugelhorn and organ are translated faithfully onto record from a series of churches and found spaces and embellished by the rhythms of timpani and tuning forks. At its core, however, this is an album that puts its faith in bold, expansive songwriting. First single Time To Ascend ("Joyous...Incredibly emotive" – Clash) is a statement of intent for an album that ducks the sonic arms race of today's electronic music scene in order to concentrate on melody, harmony and emotion. It is a track that draws its power from the raw energy of the orchestra - timpani, trumpet and church organ lending their weight to an intricate construction of harp, grand piano and tuning forks. Above the drama, Fogg's soaring voice weaves a melody of hopeful, melancholic beauty. Mr Fogg is the grandson of an opera singer and the great-grandson of two nineteenth century music hall performers. His first two albums Moving Parts (2010) and Eleven (2012), both co- produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Feist, Damon Albarn), saw him spring a full marching band on the audiences of Reading and Leeds festivals, collaborate with the controversial film director Tony Kaye (American History X), takeover Trafalgar Square for a one-shot music video and perform forty times in three days in his pop-up Fogg Shop.
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