The Aussie-American duo Vox Eagle, consists of Luke Hamel and Andy Crosby. The project blends ambient pop grooves with elements of tropical psychedelia. Currently busy finishing their debut EP, which is set to be released early 2017, the duo have released their debut single, “No Sleep”, which is meant to “encapsulate the free spirit of the American highway and the sense of endless adventure and opportunity on the open road.” The track was recorded and ultimated in Midtown Manhattan with pop producer Zach Seman, who, along with the band, helped write and record the song in a 48-hour burst of creativity.
The group’s global sound alludes to something like a fusion of MGMT, Empire of The Sun and Passion Pit’s signature electronica stylings, with a hint of Two Door Cinema Club thrown in the mix. The heavy hooks and infectious guitar rhythms are practically begging to be absorbed with the car windows rolled down and the volume jacked up, whilst head bobbing and steering wheel tapping ensue.
A combination of reverb-heavy synths, sleek instrumentation, and rich harmonies, in addition to the laconic delivery of alluring, intentionally repetitive lyrics, create a dance-worthy, feel-good track that is both accessible and instantly endearing.
Despite the fact that it is a debut single, “No Sleep” contains all the magical elements that garner the attention towards more navigated bands. The truth is, they coalesce to form a uniquely satisfying auditory experience that easily enchants listeners. Vox Eagle already has established a formula that doesn’t eagerly invite tampering, as it works perfectly.
This is certainly a duo worth following, as their raw potential is largely uncharted in an industry that seems preoccupied with providing easily digestible, ubiquitous pop to the masses. Vox Eagle is pop, but the alternative kind!
“No Sleep” will make you dance until you pass out. It will cheer you up when you are having the worst day of your life. It will make you drive fast and scream along in public, embarrassing yourself. If you listen to this in bed with headphones on, you will twist and wriggle in your bed and wake up your significant other.
The chord progressions, bridge transitions, and the dynamics of blending in core harmonies are written with such amazing finesse that the music is simply transcendental in its apparent simplicity. There are actually only a small handful of artists in the entire music world, who really, truly, understand where the pieces need to be placed in a song that appeals to the masses, regardless of any distinction and level of appreciation.
Vox Eagle forms part of that exclusive, sapient but unpretentious handful. Turn this on in any situation, and your mood will be instantly improved!