Vox Eagle – Eugene, Colorado – Indie
Vox Eagle slams the music scene with fresh sounds and optimism. Andy Crosby is an Aussie hailing from Sydney. He was tutored by him mom on classical flute and piano. Clearly showing his musical abilities from an early age, he began playing his music around the city playing the bar scene at 13 while garnering an 16 year old’s ID. This solidified his love of the music scene and he wanted to pursue this as his life long career option.
Ascertained from our lively chat, Andy clearly finds making music fun. He speaks easily and without self-consciousness. He explained he chose the name for his project because he “wanted something that a mix between hum and animal so essentially a spirit animal. I also loved the eagle and wanted something that was a singing eagle so (I) tried a bunch o words like screaming eagle, Eagles voice, Loud Eagle. I had briefly taken Latin in college so ended up with Vox = voice.
When he was still in OZ he and his band received an offer to be represented as the A & R (FYI Artists and repertoire ) man suddenly died before he and his band could move forward with their recording. So Andy popped off to New York City and finally wound up in Brooklyn. He quickly rented a small recording space. He then moved to an even smaller space about the David Letterman building. “It was a bit difficult to get 9 musicians into that space”. While in NYC, he began meeting hip hop artists and beat masters. This helped him begin to use those sounds into his musical repertoire. This comes through loud and clear on his latest EP, TriumAvium.
Exacting all he could from New York City, he decided it was time to move to a bigger space aka Colorado. Plus he and his partner at the time had a rescue dog that just kept getting bigger and bigger. He felt bad that “Prince was stuck in a small city apartment and was getting sad and lonely”. Plus, the expenses of the city were weighting heavy. He decided to move the fam out to Eugene, Colorado. He was familiar with Colorado as he had spent a year in Oregon for a year abroad from college. He liked the vibe of Colorado. So starting a new phase of his life, he and his partner tied the knot. “My wife is great plus she is an awesome cook!” Cool!
Upon moving to small town Colorado 9000 feet in the sky, “Quite the switch from the noise of NYC”. He acclimated quickly. He enjoys small town living. One downfall is Small town cell phone chatting. He was telling me he had to sit by the router. And me sitting in our country home, sitting in front of the window. We only lost our conversations twice.
A purveyor of doing things his way, not in a selfish controlling way but in a more Vox Eagle way. He built his own studio referred to as the “Eagles Nest”. He claimed “The worst part was sound proofing the studio before the snow came” He worked tirelessly on new music and with a goal to find a sound different from his debut EP Flamingo Paradiso. ” humorously refer to their style of music as ‘jungle disco,’ but other descriptors could well include tropical pop, dance pop or dream pop” He dropped his second EP on 10/9/18. The new EP has a more beat maker, hip hop yet danceable feel. He was inspired by beat makers he met in Brooklyn. Their work ethic particularly enticed him. He claims he isn’t a rapper but he’s got the goods. The tracks on the EP TriumAvium has a synesthesia quality. (People with synesthesia related to music may also have perfect pitch because their ability to see/hearcolors aids them in identifying notes or keys. Thecolors triggered by certain sounds, and any other synesthetic visual experiences, are referred to as photism quality to the music). When you listen to these songs that seamlessly slide into each other meshing, you see color with the sounds.
The act of self-promotion comes easily to Andy. Some artists can’t handle all of the self-promotion. But he handles getting the word out and also posting on his social media platforms like a champ. Follow him. We had a laugh that he would probably get out more music if he didn’t’ have to do that. Still he is incredibly prolific. He hand picked the 6 songs on the EP but still has 300 demos and samples ready to go. He will drip feed more singles as the years goes along and 2019 enters the universe.
Andy’s music is described so many ways because he does incorporate many different musical elements such indie, electronic synth pop. Andy explains, “We wanted to keep the songs fun, lots of rhythmic beat driven stuff, experimental instrumentation and synth sounds.” The stunning album art which we both decided “is a lost art” art showcases the duality of leaving the city rush to the open spaces of Colorado.
Upon dissection of his his first EP, the uplifting grooving songs self described as jungle disco Flamingo Paradise. The vibrant ‘Come OH Ver’, evokes elements of tropical psychedelia. This track ripples with swanky, funky synth beats and the enigmatic drum kit.
“I’ll be your king
You’ll be the queen
have you a secret
see what I am seeing”
The 60s style cover art of the single for Come Oh Vert is particularly intoxicating as it’s nod to teased hair heavy eyeliner and that doe eyed gamine girl chock full of insouciance. The photo shows her, big eyed and open, just chilling in a field smoking a ciggie.
The first single dropped off the first EP was No Sleep. Following along with the trippy vibe. The heavy use of synth and infectious repetitive lyrics “No sleep/No sleep for the wicked /NO.” gives an ear worm vibe to this tracks. Follow the boys in the video scooting around Vegas in a convertible bouncing their buoyant chill around town. This song exhibits a palpable MGMT meets Passion Pit feel. I read this song was mattered and produced in a 48 hour creativity flood. After speaking to Andy I don’t doubt the veracity of this mention. The track is a dance til you drop and I dare you to be in a pissy mood after this gem.
The version of “No Sleep” on this EP is a more enhanced version of the one dropped last year on Flamingo Paradise. Both versions kick. He is clearly having fun with this song. This version is heavier on the electronics and his ability to flip it into a seemingly unrecognizable version of a popping dance number to a more reserved ambient tune shows you the depth of Vox Eagle.
“No we don’t talk no more baby girl/ We just wander” Andy shares vocals with Pierre Fontaine on “Wander”, a brilliant beat master song with Pierre coming in the rap “Don’t’ mess with my mental… I trust my gut cause I know what works. The vocals slide in behind the cinematic opening. Very heady trippy keys based opening. “I see you got a new house, new man/I saw it all on Instagram.
“Sweet Temptations opens up with crackling guitar and ripe breezy synth bringing to mind ocean waves lapping along the shore. “I was falling for those sweet temptations/ sensations wrestles never forgot this take it or leave it.
I will take it