This Pixx article was written by Daisy Lester, a GIGsoup contributor
Pixx, the newest signing to 4AD, has released her first EP on the label entitled ‘Fall In’. Being Brit School alumni, there was a level of expectation surrounding her that she has definitely managed to live up to with this unique and enthralling take on electronic music.
‘Fall in’ opens the EP, a soulful vocal with a psychedelic instrumental. “What can I do? What can I do? I can’t please you,” tinged with melancholy and self-questioning, guitar chords being comparable with label buddies Cocteau Twins. The high level of production is one of the reasons why this EP is so interesting, every sound is so clear; you don’t need to watch the music video where Pixx, alias Hannah Rodgers, is wading through water to imagine that ocean image. It’s all present within the song, you feel like you’re underwater.
‘A Way To Say Goodbye’ is like a mellowed down Amy Winehouse, a layered track whereby she takes on identities, layering them over each other. Again the melancholy is present “Trying to find a way to say goodbye / Now I must leave, please don’t follow.” The balance between the music and the lyrics is perfectly coordinated; neither overpowers the other, any simplicity within in the lyrics is made up for by the succinct production and sound, telling another part of the story.
‘Deplore’ haunts the listener, a beginning of whistles and a shallow beat. A raw vocal with evoking lyrics, “Now I tread so quietly, I’m bound to be ignored,” with a consistent melody throughout. “I‘m sure there’s more to you than I deplore,” the EP documents different angles to losing a lover: some examine the need for the narrator to walk away, while others are the narrator being persuaded to leave. Although the themes aren’t particularly revolutionary, the lyrics fit the movement of the music.
‘Flee’ is clever and intricate, a slow finger clicking paired with her echoed close to the heart vocal, for a 19-year-old the EP is a promising start and sets a precedent for Pixx, and it will be exciting to see what she comes up with next.
‘Fall In’ is out now via 4AD.