Touching on many genres, swimming amidst a heady fill of rock, psychedelia, and soul, Wisconsin’s Phox are defying all classifications, providing us with a healthy dosage of their own unique signature sound. Having already caused a stir in their native America following tours with Laura Mvula and The Lumineers, Phox have jsut released the video for their debut single “Slow Motion”. Possessing the ability to hazily transport you to a summer setting; whilst maintaining an ever-pulling nostalgia, it becomes infectiously heartening and the smoky jazz vocals from Monica Martin provide a heavy, sultry coating to the glittering pop backgrounds that slide into clarinet interludes.
But how did the six counterparts of Phox find unity? Having attended high school together, the six unlikely musicians reunited in their hometown after a brief hiatus pursing individual careers. Rekindling their creative streaks, almost as a family, after moving in together, it was Monica who needed to be convinced of her own talent, set against the soundscape of cups, woodwind, pianos and electric guitars provided by fellow band members Jason Krunnfusz, Matthew Holmen, Zach Johnston, Matteo Roberts and Davey Robert. Through the colourful arrangement of ‘Slow Motion’, Americana influences and Caribbean rhythm can be heard, but it’s with the bare, stripped-back harmonies and subtle melancholy of the lyrics that show Phox has created something totally enchanting and unique, captivating from the first listen.
When asked to describe themselves in their own words, the response we are given reads this: “Phox is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet Baraboo, Wisconsin a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python.”
Luckily for you Phox are over in the UK to play a London show at Electrowerkz next Wednesday 30th April, and a handful of other UK dates before heading down to Brighton for The Great Escape Festival. The debut single is out June 9th through Partisan Records.
Words: Brooke McCord