Haunting and surreal with a sonic beauty rarely found in modern music these days, Jenn Vix gives a beautiful testimony to the musical progression through the mind of Danny Chavis (The Veldt), contributing his droning and ethereal guitar work in a perfect marriage of creativity. Must be heard to be believed.
About Jenn Vix
Alternative singer-songwriter Jenn Vix has teamed up with Danny Chavis of shoegaze pioneers The Veldt to present the ‘Into The Veldt Mix’ of ‘Complicated’. Featured on her new ‘Unlocked’ EP, this new version is trippy with psychedelic underpinnings and a very urban gazey vibe.
Here Danny Chavis re-envisions this song, contributing guitar and other instrumentation. As a principal member of The Veldt, he has a rich history of collaborations with the likes of TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and touring with Phantogram, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Chuck D, Living Colour, and Schooly D.
The accompanying video for this track was directed, produced and edited by Renan DeAraujo, a 27-year-old, Brazilian filmmaker who loves to tell stories with light and rhythm. The video features Jenn Vix herself, along with actor Michael French. Not long ago, Vix presented the new video for the original version of ‘Complicated Man’, working with the same team.
“My interpretation was to put Jenn’s personality on the screen, and in particular, the overall feeling of the track; a mysterious and delicate mood, at the same time. I was trying to express the character’s point of view,” says DeAraujo.
Based in Rhode Island, Vix is a solo electronic-rock recording artist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer, who has, over the years, ventured into other genres including alternative rock, trip hop, darkwave, modern new wave and electro-industrial.
This five-track release sees Vix at her best. With weighty lyrics surrounding personally challenging experiences, her vocal delivery on ‘Complicated Man’ has earned her comparisons to Shirley Manson of Garbage.
“I wanted to explore different sounds, and it felt good to do so. After my illness, it took me a year and a half to be able to even listen to music again. Change is scary, but it can also be refreshing. I recently had to burn a few bridges, but they say that the brightest light can come from the bridges you burn. I agree,” explains Jenn Vix.
Vix has collaborated with some quite achieved artists in the alternative realm, including two members of The Cure, Tin Machine and David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s bands. The track ‘Unlocked’ features John Ashton, original guitarist of The Psychedelic Furs. Ashton previously collaborated with Jenn Vix twice previously, on tracks ‘The Woman with No Fear’ and ‘Weirdo’, which are found on her five-track EP ‘Strange Buildings’.
“Jenn’s haunting voice draws you in immediately and possesses a vulnerability that feels genuine,” says John Ashton. “Her music is where minimalist groove electronica meets gritty rock guitar and melodic bass, which for me, is far from a bad neighborhood to be hanging around in. It’s dark and vibey.”
On past releases, Jenn Vix has collaborated with Reeves Gabrels, current guitarist for The Cure and former guitarist for David Bowie and Tin Machine, and with Andy Anderson (The Cure and Iggy Pop), as well as Dirk Ivens, Belgian electro-industrial pioneer of Absolute Body Control, The Klinik, and Dive.
In my studio tonight, my bass player destroyed my HumX, and tripped my rack mount power conditioner, by plugging a huge vacuum cleaner into it. It's a recording studio power chain, not a plug for a massive old Sears Kenmore beast! 🤡 💀
Her work with Marco Pirroni (Adam Ant, Rema Rema, The Models, Sinead O’Connor) resulted in her cover version of Shirley Collins ‘Turpin Hero’ being featured on the compilation album ‘Shirley Inspired’. Vix also recorded vocals on tracks by Rodney Linderman (a.k.a. Rodney Anonymous) of The Dead Milkmen.
“Genre-bending auteur Jenn Vix covers a lot of ground on five-track E.P. ‘Unlocked’; serving up a brimming bowl of postmodern broth for your delectation. From gothic undertones to glam exhibitionism, new waving to electro-industry, this bunch of fives packs a powerful punch. 5 stars out of 5”
“Vix sounds perpetually enraptured. And the Rhode Island multi-instrumentalist has reason to be. Her music–clear, simple melodies awash in echo–is all dreaminess and shuddering, and from inside its swirl, her voice wafts up lightly. Catchy but otherworldly”
– Rolling Stone
“Begs to be played over and over again extreme delight due to awesome chemistry between Jenn Vix’s potent vocals and Danny Chavis”
– The Spill Magazine
“Dark and coolly alluring… like a hybrid of Garbage and soundtracks to ’60s French films. Her vocal delivery is endearing, yet cold; the musical backdrop is impeccable and driven”
– Big Takeover Magazine
“Impassioned and powerful… a cinematic treat for the ears”