Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Vixen Noir, an independent singer and songwriter who is preparing to release her latest studio endeavor, a single called ‘Tightrope.’ Due out Tuesday, July 19, ‘Tightrope’ is a ballad of independence. Noir sings about how in order to court her in a relationship, one needs to be confident and capable as an individual first. Thus, it’s a track we could all learn a thing or two from. Let’s dig right into it.
Noir has gained prominence in the independent scene for her eclectic artistry that expands far beyond her music. She’s a poet, a burlesque artist, a dancer, a mentor, and so much more. She’s also traveled broadly, and she’s taught workshops in countries like Australia to empower women. ‘Tightrope,’ I’d argue, is a musical representation of the kind of individuality and empowerment that Noir’s entire career is built upon.
Sonically, the track aligns with contemporary pop music. That sound, however, is also steeped in electronic and dance experimentation. The beats surrounding Noir are dynamic, heavy hitting, and perfect for the dance floor or a loud stereo set-up. I’m always hesitant of pop music, though, because even in the indie scene, artists can often conform into monotony and lose creative spirit in their work. Fortunately, I think Noir owns her soundscape in a masterful, attention-demanding fashion. It’s quality pop music.
The explosion of intricacy behind Noir as she croons the choruses is absolutely fantastic, erupting in a cacophony of atmospheric synthesizers, beats, and other instrumentation. Once the track reaches its climax around 3:20, it’s borderline anthemic. It’s very well produced, and Noir’s vocals sit perfectly inside a bombastic mix that feels organic and organized. Often indie pop artists get lost in the intensity of their own mixes.
Lyrically, the song is actually quite well written. It’s nothing terribly deep, nor does it masquerade as something that is. Noir is singing about a relationship that is certainly possible, but in order for it to be, her significant other has to be comfortable in their own skin and have the ability to live their life on their own. It’s good advice: if you can’t be happy with yourself while alone, you’ll never find fulfillment with someone else.
Vixen Noir is making exceptionally good pop music with songs like ‘Tightrope.’ It’s very much worth keeping an eye out for when it drops in July. She’s a promising artist that’s daring to jump enough outside of the box to keep her music consistently compelling. Connect with Vixen online below.