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Album: PHOX [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Calico Man
2)    Leisure
3)    Slow Motion
4)    1936
5)    Evil
6)    Laura
7)    Kingfisher
8)    Shrinking Violets
9)    Satyr and the Fawn
10)    Noble Heart
11)    Raspberry Seed
12)    In Due Time
 

Album: PHOX [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Calico Man
2)    Leisure
3)    Slow Motion
4)    1936
5)    Evil
6)    Laura
7)    Kingfisher
8)    Shrinking Violets
9)    Satyr and the Fawn
10)    Noble Heart
11)    Raspberry Seed
12)    In Due Time
 
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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. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
CMJ - "Their unpretentiousness, which resonates just as powerfully in their music, is attributable to their discernible lack of any sort of frontman."

Paste (magazine) - "[Martin's] smoky voice serves as both the constant throughout PHOX and the motion that pushes songs in new directions."
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