There’s an air of the ‘80s about Hannah Rodgers’ sophomore Pixx album.
It’s a record awash with retrograde synthesisers and wonky pop hooks, that sees her step away from the more insular electronic tones of ‘The Age of Anxiety’.
Whilst there’s a glistening sheen to the new wave bop of ‘Peanuts Grow Underground’, Rodgers uses her platform to submerge herself in a spectrum of vibrant sounds, taking in everything from the pounding electro of ‘Funsize’ to brutalist warbling in ‘Duck Out’, whilst flirting with thrashy post-punk on ‘Bitch’.
‘Small Mercies’ is the sound of a songwriter learning to flex her creative muscles in new ways, as with a wry smile Rodgers inhabits a uniquely crafted persona on each track. Meandering through a diverse range of themes she touching on everything from gender-based power hierarchies and religion to the threat of environmental destruction; a bold shape-shifting vision from a burgeoning young artist, eager to prove her mettle.
The end result is a rewardingly eclectic mix, if not slightly discombobulating.
Words: Rory Marcham
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