PHOX

PHOX

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The eponymous debut album from the Baraboo, Wisconsin-based seven-piece is as unassuming as it is oddly decadent, offering up a heady mix of cosmopolitan, worldbeat-infused, yet still distinctly Midwestern-sounding indie pop and breezy collegiate folk that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones

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The eponymous debut album from the Baraboo, Wisconsin-based seven-piece is as unassuming as it is oddly decadent, offering up a heady mix of cosmopolitan, worldbeat-infused, yet still distinctly Midwestern-sounding indie pop and breezy collegiate folk that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones, Brazilian Girls, and Sade. These are songs meant to accompany late-night misadventures filled with sugary drinks, shimmering, post-skinny-dip neck lines, and exhaustive, yet never combative pre-dawn discussions about love, religion, sex, and death, and they're delivered with supreme lubrication via the soulful and hypnotic voice of formidable frontwoman Monica Martin. The evocative, stripped-down "Calico Man" sets the table, laying out a cool pastiche of bossa nova-kissed indie pop and de-fanged Brooklyn cool that deftly juggles melancholy and sweetness, serving as a nice intro to the string-laden, music school chamber pop of the more propulsive "Leisure" and "Slow Motion." The band tightens up on the rolling "1936," a loose and luxurious, summery earworm that explains why the group has shared some dates with fellow folk-pop confectioners the Lumineers, and that predilection for crafting likeable, slow-burn mixtape fodder that sits firmly on the angel's side of the listener's shoulder is furthered by the like-minded "Kingfisher," "Shrinking Violets," and the shape-shifting "Evil," the latter of which manages to segue effortlessly from glitchy Afro-pop oddity to Burt Bacharach-infused road trip anthem. Phox is an undeniably tight unit, and their long history as friends imbues each track with a distinctive warmth that eludes similar-sounding acts, but their not-so-secret weapon is Martin, who can bend cliches to her will, and does so often throughout the 12-song set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2014
Label:
Partisan Records
UPC:
0720841211624
catalogNumber:
2116
Rank:
44086

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Performance Credits

PHOX   Primary Artist
Hilary Jones   Cello
Alec Spiegelman   Clarinet
Zach Johnston   Group Member
Monica Martin   Group Member
Jason Krunnfusz   Group Member
Davey Roberts   Group Member
Kristoffer Lo   Tuba,Flugelhorn
Tobie Speleman   Drums
Reed Flygt   Percussion
Matteo Roberts   Group Member
Matt Holmen   Group Member
Leah Ottman   Violin
Jon Linley   Trumpet
David Pierringer   Flute

Technical Credits

Brian Joseph   Producer,Engineer
Mark Bengtson   Pro-Tools
Monica Martin   Composer
Brian Holl   Contributor
Eric Hillman   Contributor
PHOX   Composer
Michael Doyle Olson   Cover Photo

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PHOX 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kingfisherr More than 1 year ago
Must-have summer album! Monica's voice will change your life. Intimate stories set to catchy folk jams that will stick in your head like a pop song. So much love.