If you’ve ever experienced the complex emotions that come with leaving your hometown or native country, give “Fireworks and Foxes” by Easymess a listen. The single was released on Friday, February 10th.
Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Adrien Latgé was born in Lyon, France — and like many artists in pursuit of new horizons, he made the life-changing decision to leave behind everything he knew. Latgé has been living and building a career in music in London since he was 20 years old, losing some things and gaining new experiences along the way.
Latgé’s journey so far, with all the nostalgia (and at times great loneliness) that has come with it, is the basis for this five-member band’s newest cozy duet-style ballad. “Fireworks and Foxes” is all about realizing just how far you’ve come — “It’s the fifth of November / and the fifth I’ve spent here / and a fifth of my life in a non-native tongue,” he sings in the chorus’ striking hook. At the same time, the track begs the question of whether the path you’ve chosen is the “right” way to go after all.
With Latgé’s smooth vocals and comforting guitar backed by drums, “Fireworks and Foxes” makes for easy listening that tells a story full of fond memories and resilience. Even after it seems like everything has changed, the bonds we can create through music stay the same.
If you’re a fan of artists like Villagers, The War on Drugs, or Paolo Nutini, check out Easymess’ discography — available wherever you listen to music. Find “Fireworks and Foxes” and more on the Alchemical Records’ Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Emma Downes is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where she studied English and Communication. As a lifelong writer and music lover, she is happy to be incorporating both into her work for Alchemical Records. When she’s not writing, she enjoys getting to know the DMV entertainment scene, drawing, and spending time with her four siblings.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.