EP Review: Jenn Vix featuring John Ashton, “Strange Buildings”

Written by EP Reviews, Music


Over this last year, Rhode Island’s Jenn Vix has offered up two very fine single tracks that Popdose has had the pleasure of introducing you to.  Now the Rhode Island native serves up a terrific five-song e.p.; this time, she’s aided and abetted by legendary guitarist John Ashton of Satellite Paradiso and formerly of The Psychedelic Furs.  The combination of crunchy guitars, strong melodies and some highly danceable beats add up to a great offering of songs.

The first track, accompanied by a video, is the highly tuneful “The Woman With No Fear” – powerful, interesting lyric and a sultry vocal that carries the song perfectly, especially on the chorus; “Don’t Let Go” has a pure early-’80’s kind of electro-dance feel with some sharp guitar stabs that fill the track and “Let Me In” carries me right back to the club days of my youth – I can imagine hearing this on the late, great WLIR.  Ms. Vix’s voice is a wonderful instrument on its own; warm and embracing, yet cooly sexy and it’s evident on this track.

All five songs fit together perfectly; the blend is just right – and at a time when high-quality releases are sorely needed, this E.P. comes along like a tonic.  I’ve enjoyed much of Jenn Vix’s music before but with the Strange Buildings E.P., she’s onto something truly special.


Strange Buildings E.P. is available now