Very few people have the courage to describe themselves as “famous,” but in the case of The Famous Daxx – the postmodern surf grunge project making waves in London’s independent scene – the descriptor is rather prescient. In truth, with the release of her debut EP, TFD, the word “famous” feels more like foreshadowing. Intuitive quality and instrumental prowess are spread all over the four tracks, and there is little doubt Daxx will be nothing short of famous very soon.
Beyond the technically impressive nature of what’s happening within the music, the songs also demonstrate Daxx’s profound understanding of narrative. With inspiration coming from the emotions of lockdown, as well as cult documentaries and fairytales, the release crafts a story that is equal parts relatable and mystical, as old-world sounds are presented through a modern lens.
The first track and the EP’s lead single ‘Treetops‘ starts things out with Daxx on what seems to be a quiet stroll in a pleasant orchard, but with careful listening it’s actually the story of a lost soul sliding through (and almost celebrating) the absurdity of life. But fear not, despite the forlorn nature of this jaunt, her ghosts are there to provide company through Shirelles-esque backing vocals as they coast on the breezy guitar strums and light-touch drums.
As Daxx finishes her stroll, she turns around to face her starting point and finds herself in the distance, or rather ‘On Your Horizon‘, but with the solemn power in this next song, there is no way she can’t be seen or heard. The guitar slides are long and edgy, whilst the changing beats predicate huge changes in emotion and, throughout the song, there is a consistent ascension in sound that releases in the form of an epic jam in the final moments.
After such a display, all that’s left is Daxx. She put herself out there. She made her feelings known. She thinks that she has to ‘Surrender‘, but she’s not done. She still has a fire in her that explodes out of amplifiers and drum heads with the kind of flooring energy that makes you hit rewind on the song and go through the beginning and middle again, just to hear the end.
‘Surrender’ ends with so much force, it wipes the slate clean and leaves nothing but ‘White‘ (perhaps a reference to purity, or even death). Daxx is more than fine with letting you decide for yourself – just lean back and enjoy the haunting and seductive nature of her vocals and guitar.
TFD, the debut EP from The Famous Daxx, is out now.