While it seems Wisconsin's Phox
have taken their moniker from Phish's Helping Friendly Guidebook to Dipshit Band Names
, that's their only misstep. There's a bounty of incredible music on Phox's Bandcamp page
, including the most recent EP, Confetti
, which I'll embed below. Start with the opening track, "Slow Motion," then let the next track "Blue and White" slowly wash over you, and so on. At times skyscraping post-rock, at times heart-in-mouth joy-pop, and at times delicately gilded folk, Phox is all over the map stylistically, but their music remains clear-eyed, compelling, full of peace and grace. Guided by Monica Martin's incredible voice, this is stunning stuff.
Phox plays tonight at Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi) in the middle slot of a bill that also includes Portland's Steelhead—the current band of Celilo's Sloan Martin—and Donovan Breakwater.