Originally from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl starts to break into countryside, Pixx (the moniker of 21 year-old musician Hannah Rodgers) is from a family of music lovers and her early life was soundtracked by her father’s expansive record collection; she has previously cited acts as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Altered Images. Encouraged to sing and write, aged 16, and already with a number of her own songs sketched out, Rodgers enrolled at the renowned BRIT School.
Pixx’s playful, performative record, The Age Of Anxiety, borrows is the title of W.H. Auden’s final long poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world. Published in 1947, it seems fitting that Auden’s rumination on human isolation in the modern age should be used as the title for Pixx’s debut album – ostensibly placing herself outside looking in, The Age Of The Anxiety looks instead to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence.
An ambitious debut statement, The Age Of Anxiety represents the first true statement from a unique British talent, drawing on deeply personal experiences to present a bold, relatable new commentary on her world order.