Written By: Michelle Doering
Originality: (4.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5) Lyrics: (4.5 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.6 / 5)
When I think of criminally underrated music from my childhood, Voxtrot is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Their self-released debut entitled Raised By Wolves has that classic mid-2000’s indie sound; something along the lines of the Strokes or Vampire Weekend, and though the band broke up years ago, their music will always hold a very special place in my heart.
In my opinion, it provides the perfect background soundtrack for menial everyday tasks. It sounds great and has enough depth to capture your heart while never being too loud or distracting. It’s almost as if there is a thin layer between the artist and listener that allows you to choose your own level of engagement. If you want to sit down and dedicate your entire self to listening, that’s great, and you’re probably gonna have a good time, but if you only have it on because you’re bored and hate the sound of your own thoughts, that works too.
My favorite track also happens to be the most popular one: “The Start Of Something.” This song is sweet, understated, and endearing. It’s not oversung. The vocals are done in a way that seems to be chasing the beat ever so slightly, which creates a soothing and hypnotic effect. The melody is simple, but one that easily gets caught in your brain. Also, every single instrument on this track gets to shine, you can hear all of them so clearly. I feel like every quirky teenager needs to have this on a playlist somewhere. It’s just one of those songs.
I also quite enjoy the title track, “Raised By Wolves.” This is an infectious, awkward ‘standing around at your middle school formal’ type song. I love the full, rich, big band feel and the relatable lyrics. There’s also a really great build at the end. It’s charming and cinematic, something great to put on to distract you from your current woes and take you on a trip down memory lane.
I’d also like to bring your attention to the song, “Long Haul,” which is literally so cute it makes my heart want to burst. This is an upbeat and lighthearted love song that reminds you of what if feels like to be completely, stupidly in love. I can picture this being someone’s wedding song. The lyrics are just perfect for that occasion, “I wanna catch your love and make it stay. It’s a long, long haul.” Also, the many different tonal shifts take you on a journey, (or a long haul, ba dum tss). Maybe just don’t listen to this after a breakup. That sounds like a bad time.
So that’s Voxtrot’s Raised By Wolves. The band may have split, but you can still enjoy the fruits of their labor, and in doing so, remember what it was like being a child of the new millennium. Good times…