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Pixx 'Small Mercies' LP

Pixx (aka British musician Hannah Rodgers) is releasing her sophomore album, Small Mercies, on June 7th via 4AD Records. Although love lives at the heart of her second album, it has little to do with romance. ‘Small Mercies’ is absolutely not a heartbreak record, nor is it a celebration of new love, or sisterly call-to- arms or vengeful catharsis. Instead, it is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

‘Small Mercies’ follows the 23 year-old’s debut album, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’ (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fuelled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk- edged ‘Fall In’ EP.  it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.

This week she shared the album’s third single, “Andean Condor,” via a video for the track. The album-opener tackles gender politics. “Mature males tend to be at the top of the pecking order/It’s stale/Detest it cos you want to,” Rodgers sings in the song. “Dance for me boy/Give me a twirl/I want to get to know you/But I probably won’t blow you.”

Alice Clingan directed the video, which features Rodgers’ in Elizabethan garb dancing with two topless men.

Rodgers had this to say about the song in a press release: “This song is written about the link between wo/mankind and nature. It is important to recognize how many times women have to face the absurdity of male hierarchy in our modern world. Having had endless conversations with (certain) men who justify the inequality of the sexes by comparing themselves to animals, I thought what better way to help them than to remind those men that they are supposed to be human, with emotional capability and growth.”

Small Mercies is the follow-up to 2017’s The Age of Anxiety. It was co-produced by Simon Byrt and Dan Carey. Previously she shared two songs from Small Mercies: “Bitch” and “Disgrace.”

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Pixx’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety,  is a twelve-song collection, featuring ‘I Bow Down’, ‘Grip’, ‘Baboo’ and ‘Waterslides’, seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence.

The Age Of Anxietyborrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world.  Published in 1947, Auden’s six-part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some seventy years later.

“A riveting and refreshing debut…sweet and soothing electropop joy.”  The Guardian *****
“An album that perfectly contrasts light and dark… A debut that shows her to be a fascinating prospect.”  DIY ****
“A genuinely smart, intriguingly playful set that both presses all the right Big Pop buttons and sounds decidedly off-centre.” – Uncut 8/10
“Dazzling and infectious.” – Dork ****
“A new and unique narrative for the contemporary world.”  Loud And Quiet
“One of the new voices in politically minded British pop.”  Vogue
“A talent of note.”  The Times.

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Hannah Rodgers returns with a new Pixx album, “Small Mercies”on 7th June 2019.

Although love lives at the heart of the BRIT School graduate’s second album, it has little to do with romance. Small Mercies is absolutely not a heartbreak record, nor is it a celebration of new love, or sisterly call-to-arms or vengeful catharsis. Instead, it is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

‘Disgrace’ is the new single by Pixx, from the album ‘Small Mercies’ which is released 7th June 2019 on 4AD Records.

Released on 2nd June, The Age Of Anxiety is a brave step forward from Pixx’s first release, 2015’s Fall In EP.  A deeply personal document of heartbreak, those four folk-infused torch songs drew early critical praise, with the Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year,” and led to tours with the likes of Daughter, Lush and Glass Animals.

Instead of tales of loss and affairs of the heart, The Age Of Anxiety finds Hannah Rodgers ostensibly place herself outside looking in.  Her twelve-song collection seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence.

This bold debut borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world.  Published in 1947, Auden’s six-part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some 70 years later.

Originally from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl start to break into countryside, Rodgers experienced a year-long period of insomnia caused by recurring nightmares at age 9 – her first awareness of anxiety. It left a lasting impression, inspiring a fascination with different states of consciousness, and is one of many somnolent events she draws upon for The Age Of Anxiety.

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This year Pixx is gearing up to release her first full-length debut album, but in the meantime she’s shared a live cover of Joe Jackson’s ‘It’s Different For Girls’.

At first, the lyrics Jackson’s 1979 song might sound as if he was singing about a man who goes out looking for sex, while his partner is in search of love. But in fact it’s actually the opposite way around. That switch-around of stereotypical gender roles seems almost the perfect fit for Pixx’s thoughtful, and thought-provoking, pop.

She turns the post-punk tune into a vintage guitar-led number that occasionally bursts forth with clashing cymbals. The floaty melodies means that Pixx’s voice is at the forefront, so if you didn’t get the twist when Jackson told it, you certainly will here.

Listen to the cover of ‘It’s Different For Girls’ below.

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4AD Records newcomer Pixx has a history of making videos that look like they’re taken straight from the pages of a Thomas Hardy novel. July single ‘Fall In’, the track that first really got Hannah Rodgers noticed, was a downward-looking beachside lament, all Autumn tones and a doomy aesthetic that coolly matched the music’s solemn beauty.

‘Deplore’, which is taken from the Fall In EP, sees a move to rural Surrey, and more surrealism. Here’s what directors The Marshall Darlings had to say about it:
“We like to play on this idea of magical realism in the videos we make for Pixx, and she plays the part really well. We came across an artist called Andrea Kowch who does paintings of women in rural America in these quite ghostly scenes, and we thought it would fit really well for this. We didn’t try and copy her paintings, but used them as references with each shot a vignette conveying a particular emotion, almost like a moving painting.”

Fall In EP

1. Fall In, 2. A Way To Say Goodbye, 3. Flee 4. Deplore

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4AD Records  newcomer Pixx’ released a stunning song last summer in July the single ‘Fall In’ was one of 2015’s most striking, a downward-looking beachside lament almost drowning in Autumn tones and doomy aesthetics. That’s what makes 19-year-old Hannah Rodgers so special – with her music, there’s almost always a sense of solemn beauty.