Forming in Athens, GA by way of attending band parties and filling in each other’s bands The Doxies were born. They released a strong self-titled album The Doxies earlier this year with seven very well crafted pop songs that contain fantastic harmonies, delicate guitar work and a gorgeous horn section. The record is influenced by French-influenced garage pop such as Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc but has a hint of some alternative rock such as Radiohead. It’s a nice combination of sounds and feels like music that can be played at almost any kind of occasion. Whether you are working on your laptop on at coffee shop or need something to wind down to this music will work.
The album opens up with the excellent “Pistol,” which has some fantastic percussive elements and technically impressive guitar progressions that sound extremely accessible. It a great pop song and right off the bat you will notice how attractive Bren Bailey’s voice is. It is comforting and feels non-offensive if that makes sense.
The first song is not a fluke as they show you with “S'il Vous Plait.” It’s one of those songs that will get stuck in your head the first time you hear it. The vocal harmonies and guitar melodies feel like the perfect spring day. Therefore, it’s highly recommended any time of year. The horns against the guitar melodies on “Stella” sounded so good. Bright guitar’s notes against the warm solace of the horns were money. Bailey gives an inspired vocal performance and reminded me a bit of the lead singer from Foxygen. They continue with excellent interplay between horns and guitar on “Berliner” that takes advantage of a 1950’s surf pop influence. The album closes with “Enceladus,” which has the most melancholy moments on the album and where you notice a bit of influence from Radiohead. That being said the song is one of the highlights of the album.
The Doxies self-titled album The Doxies contains seven songs without a single dud and it has high production value. It is really great stuff so take a listen.
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