““The Oregon based duo, are story tellers, adventurers and discoverer of magic in their sophomore LP. Thriving energy is the center of it all, as Scott’s Cat Stevens like emphasis in his vocals, delightfully dance and weave with Sarah’s emphatic vocal range, entertains as well as inspires.” ”
“"Better Land" is an album that grabs you, draws you in, and makes you feel good. Dueling vocals and impressive melodies are only the beginning. Better Land is exceptional, and impossible not to love.”
“Fox & Bones [reminds] us of the beauty of the USA. With music that goes down like jelly, is sometimes sweet like Southern Sweet Iced Tea with extra sugar and addictive like peanut butter.”
Fox and Bones
Fox and Bones are the modern day Bonnie and Clyde, if Bonnie and Clyde had driven a Volvo and played folk-pop music. Based in Portland, OR, these internationally touring sweethearts aren't your average duo. Rather than simply documenting their experiences in song, Sarah Vitort and Scott Gilmore write from the perspective of quasi-fictional characters. There’s Fox, a down-and-out former prom queen, and Bones, a rootless orphan bad boy with a heart of gold. The two fall for each other, decide to hit the road, and never look back. The characters, as well as their real-life counterparts, use music as the canvas on which they paint a new life together that defies traditional relationship roles and life goals. Their music is ripe with vocal harmonies that pull at the heartstrings, and a complex, at times metaphysical, lyrical landscape. Each element serves their stories of a life lived on the road in pursuit of a dream that most never have the courage to chase. Live, they give audiences a peek into their world, and challenge them to believe in life, adventure, and modern love.
Vortex Magazine gushes: "Scott Gilmore's voice, full of character and color, melds with Sarah Vitort's warm and expressive vocals. There is an ease and a simplicity to their music, but the complexity of their voices is intriguing. Their tight melodies weave throughout each performance and leave the listener breathless. Vitort and Gilmore have an undeniable chemistry on stage, stealing furtive glances and sometimes locking eyes with an intimacy that showcases how vulnerable they are with one another and their audience."
In the fall of 2018, the pair released their sophomore album, "Better Land", produced by Dominik Lukas Schmidt and engineered by Matt Greco at the Rye Room in Portland, OR. The album, which showcases a whole new iteration of Fox and Bones, quickly found critical success. Jake Craney at Ground Sounds says, "this is an album that grabs you, draws you in, and makes you feel good. Dueling vocals and impressive melodies are only the beginning. Better Land is exceptional, and impossible not to love," and Jonathan Frahm at PopMatters calls it "just the right wistfully optimistic medicine." It’s a sound with rocking drums, grooving baselines, and melodies that are catchier than ever. But don’t worry, those who fell in love with Fox and Bones for their simple, harmony-driven songs will not be disappointed. Better Land has something for everyone, appealing to the adventurous spirit in all of us. Gilmore and Vitort continue to manifest the lives they want to live through song, encouraging listeners to dream as big as they have.
The pair can be found touring all over the U.S. and Europe, and in their free time, they host and curate the Portland's Folk Festival, which they created in 2017.