Today, Pixx releases a new single, ‘Bitch’ from her forthcoming album, Small Mercies out Friday 7 Junevia 4AD / Remote Control. Swaggering and vicious, Hannah Rodgers explains the background of the song:
“I wrote this song in the cellar of my flat in South London; it happened very quickly. At the time I was feeling pent up and frustrated with myself and others. I was in the middle of reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, finding it hard to digest and communicate. That’s why this song means a lot to me; it’s about accepting and forgiving yourself for struggling; not being too hard on yourself for getting stuck in your head, and finding the relief in waking up and getting out of your hole to show the world you’re a strong bitch.”
The companion video, directed by Edie Lawrence and starring Rodgers, is gleefully childish. Watch it in full below.
Small Mercies is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb. It follows the 23 year-old’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fuelled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk-edged Fall In EP. Co-produced by Simon Byrt (who worked on both her EP and debut album) and Dan Carey, it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.
Pixx – Small Mercies
1. Andean Condor
4. Small Mercies
5. Peanuts Grow Underground
7. Dirt interlude pt. 1
8. Mary Magdalene
10. Eruption 24
11. Dirt interlude pt. 2
12. Duck Out
Pixx – Small Mercies is out Friday 7 June via 4AD / Remote Control Records.