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Pixx introduces herself as another addition in the fevered race to be 2015’s best newcomer

"Fall In EP"

Release date: 28 August 2015
Pixx Fall In EP
24 August 2015, 11:30 Written by Ed Nash
Of all the things BRIT School alumni are not meant do, signing to 4AD, home of Cocteau Twins, and making a case to be the labels’ heir apparent is probably top the list. Yet that is exactly what Pixx (19 year-old Hannah Rodgers to her friends) does with her debut EP Fall In.

All four numbers here show an intuitive understanding of how to write wonderful songs. The music combines sparseness with subtly sophisticated arrangements, but the real star is her voice, which pulls off the marvellous trick Tracey Thorn was a master at - a resigned, soulful croon that sounds like she’s speaking, rather than singing the words.

The title track is a movingly melancholy story of loves ups and downs. With a guitar line that could have been written by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, it has some of the most heart-breaking lyrics of the year in "Now you’re going it’s an awful shame / What can I do? I can’t please you".

Conversely, “A Way To Say Goodbye” is Bacharach and David’s “Walk On By” told from the other side of the table ("Now must I must go, please don’t follow"). With her vocal harmony counterpointing the main melody, accompanied by a minimal synth and guitar, it’s incredibly assured and pulls at the heart and tear ducts.

But the words aren’t merely melancholic; there’s also a spiky wit at play, with “Deplore” including a line Morrissey would be proud of - “I’m sure, there is more to you than I deplore.”

4AD may not have troubled the upper echelons of the charts since M/A/R/R/S’s “Pump Up The Volume”, but in Pixx they have an artist who has the songs, the words and the voice to deliver. The race for the best newcomer of the year has another amazing entrant.

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