ABOUT THIS ITEM
Pixie Geldof started writing songs and playing the guitar when she was just eleven. She has been busy rehearsing, writing and performing intimate shows and carefully honing her sound.
The 21 year-old Londoner has taken her musical moniker from Hole’s 1994 hit of the same name. “Hole was a huge influence on me growing up in a lot of ways – their music, their look - and ‘Violet’ is one of my favourite songs,” she explains. “The music is angry and dark and aggressive but it’s still a love song; there’s still a soft sentiment to it, the lyrics are fragile. I like that juxtaposition in music but I’ve kind of reversed it in my work; I wanted the music to be soft but the lyrics to be darker and heavier.”
For someone who must remember little of the Nineties, the decade that gave us Buffalo boots, Sun-In and the Discman has informed much of Violet’s sound. Alongside Hole, Mazzy Star is the other band that has had the most influence on Pixie, even her dusky, sultry vocals being reminiscent of Hope Sandoval’s. The list of other artists she references includes Laura Marling, Nirvana, No Doubt and Nancy Sinatra. “My band and I have started to refer to our sound as ‘desert rock’ because it is a bit Western but it’s also hazy and lo-fi. It has a lot of surf guitar!” she says.
Recorded by Mark Rankin in Paul Epworth’s studio in west London, these are universal tales of heartbreak and falling in love; of painful lows and intoxicating highs.
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