EP REVIEW: FOXTRAX - 'The Cabin'
They’re New York born and bred, Los Angeles livin’ band FOXTRAX – and their new single ‘Underwater’ from their debut EP 'The Cabin' is making waves, and their music video has been given all kinds of titles and honours!
#1 on Apple’s New Artist Spotlight, and a sold out launch show at New York’s Mercury Lounge, FOXTRAX are a summery indie-group, ready to take over the music scene.
Heavy in melodic electric guitars – one of my favourite elements in indie-band music - there’s a huge buzz around FOXTRAX’x video Uænderwater', released exclusively on Vevo ahead of their West Coast tour with Barns Courtney commencing in a couple of weeks. Scenes of a struggling man on a dessert, searching for water, with his bandmates present playing the music, it’s visually very interesting and matches the music perfectly. A song of confusion, journeys, and destiny, it’s all in all a very uplifting piece of art. This song ‘Underwater’ was produced by Florence and the Machine’s producer Ben Roulston, so you know it’s going to be a good one!
The band are a trio, and one which I think have really understood more than most rising bands what music is about, simply because of the focus they put on the art of their music. Their debut EP ‘The Cabin’ was written as they locked themselves up in… well, a cabin, in North Carolina as a break from the hustle and bustle NYC, giving their creative sides a chance, putting all their energy into the writing. Even that story itself shows how pure this band is.
The EP is comprised of five songs – which has the bright songs like the aforementioned ‘Underwater,’ and ‘Go It Alone’ – which contains the message every aspiring artist needs to hear ‘You can make it on your own,’ as well as more sincere sounds such as ‘Dark of The Night’. But my favourite song has to be ‘On The Run’ – the instrumental bits between verses and choruses really complete the song, and the lyrics and melody themselves are also so uplifting!
You can hear their entire EP ‘The Cabin’ on their soundcloud, check out their upcoming shows in San Francisco (Sept 6) and LA (Sept 8), but for now, check out the much-talked about (and in my opinion, very artsy) video Underwater here: