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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2014
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • UPC: 720841211624
  • Catalog Number: 2116
  • Sales rank: 5,379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Calico Man (1:57)
  2. 2 Leisure (3:26)
  3. 3 Slow Motion (4:54)
  4. 4 1936 (3:28)
  5. 5 Evil (4:33)
  6. 6 Laura (6:07)
  7. 7 Kingfisher (3:11)
  8. 8 Shrinking Violets (3:51)
  9. 9 Satyr and the Faun (3:52)
  10. 10 Noble Heart (5:22)
  11. 11 Raspberry Seed (7:17)
  12. 12 In Due Time (2:21)
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Album Credits

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
Jeff Lipton Mastering
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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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    Must-have summer album! Monica's voice will change your life. In

    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.

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