With his Windows In The Sky LP due out in May, Alex Henry Foster is continuing to tease fans as to what they can expect from the collection with the release of his single “The Hunter.”.
A launch event for the single is taking place at the Quebecium in Paris this Friday, where fans and the media will be able to grill both Alex and French video producer Jesse. In the meantime, ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to share the track with the world first and you can give it a listen below.
The story and background to the song, as told in Alex’s own words, is both powerful and inspiring:
“The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)” emerged from a 30-minute jam that would later be released as 15 minutes of a noisy, out-of-breath and tortured kind of dark, spiritual, emotive, and redemptive” sonic journey. The lyrics are part of a series of texts that I wrote in my new home in the middle of the Virginia Highlands after completing a 2-years exile in the city of Tangier. The symbolistic elements are numerous but are fundamentally the most honest I’ve been able to be regarding my lifelong struggles with depression and anxiety…”
He adds: “The hunter is the prey, as much as the prey stands as the hunter, both followed by the shadows of their own desperation and disillusions, both trying to escape reality and capture mirages. You can feel the conflict between denial and admission. You can see the traces of life following daydreaming echoes, offset reflections of similar images juxtaposing affective desperation and unwillingness to let go of their own deceptive creations. You can slowly figure out tiny pieces of the prey’s wounded agony, afflicted by a hunter renouncing to his own merciful innocence. The battle raging inside oneself, craving what we so easily left behind, sometimes still bleeding from what has been taken away from us. Memories, like spring, cannot be revived, and disheartened will makes a redemptive seaside unreachable…”
As to how the song came about and how other aspects of his life influenced the track, he explains: “Living in the mountains offered me a different perspective on the cycle of life, its appreciation and its needs for respect. I had to learn what it meant for real hunters to honor the spirit of their prey and was able to imagine the relationship established and maintained with their environment, the soul of the animals feeding and covering their own. There’s nothing noble in taking a life, but “forgiveness is a gift much like love carries you away”. And those words offered a new dimension to the song’s otherwise fatalistic tone.”