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Editors’ Notes

Frontwoman Monica Martin exhibits all the laid-back cool of Sade on the self-titled debut album from her Baraboo, Wis.–based seven-piece group, PHOX. Where so many groups concern themselves with aggression and go-for-the-jugular hit singles, PHOX are willing to take their time, knowing that their leisurely sound is best appreciated over time. They’ve been called indie pop, but the world music influences clearly break them into a category of their own. The masterful “Slow Motion” demonstrates what the group can do with a touch of instrumentation, while the sparser “1936” emphasizes their sophisticated harmonic sense. Their love of Caribbean atmospheres and bossa nova grooves establishes them as musicians willing to take the road less traveled, with Burt Bacharach more of an influence than rock stars or disco divas. “Evil” threatens with a brawnier approach, but “Laura” settles the group back into dreamy textures where an electric piano and Martin’s voice hold out until the full orchestration brings the song to a heavenly climax in the final minutes.

Customer Reviews

Extremely Talented

If you have not seen PHOX in concert yet, it is definitely a MUST! I had the privilege of seeing them in D.C! These guys are so talented! Every time I listen to them I am blown away by the vocals and instrumentals!!!! I mean who puts a clarinet in a song??!! amazing! :D They inspire me!


I fell in love with Phox during the London iTunes Festival of 2013. Never having heard this band before I randomly watched their concert from my cozy corner of Texas via a live stream onto my iPad. Earbuds in I was instantly transported to a world where melodies and harmonies swirl to form clouds fueled by childhood daydreams. Here birds trust fall backwards in ecstasy never again flapping their wings but float on narrative, clever rhythms, and sweeping instrumentation.

Strong band chemistry; genuine sound

This band has a wide range of great, unique sounds, like a clarinet solo, a "Queen" type solo, and a down to earth, home feeling that makes you want to play it over and over again. The songs are strong, tight, and are quite enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out! Songs to check out: Nobel Heart and Slow Motion. Listen to their iTunes festival CD!


Formed: Baraboo, WI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Specializing in a heady mix of polyrhythmic, psych-tinged art-rock and sugary, soulful indie pop, colorful Wisconsin-based pop sextet PHOX was formed in 2011 in the city of Baraboo (an hour north of Madison) around the talents of longtime friends Monica Martin, Matt Holmen, J. Sean Krunnfusz, Davey Roberts, Matteo Roberts, and Zach Johnston, all of whom met in high school. The band, who describe their unique, cosmopolitan sound as falling somewhere between "Feist and Monty Python," became a much...
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