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 Independent Spotlight review, I’ll be taking a look at the new track ‘Money On You’ by Australian songwriter and performer Ivy Fox. The song has already scored significant accolades and a slot on a new television series, so let’s delve into some background information first.
Ivy Fox describes her genre is a peculiar way, citing herself as ‘nostalgic pop.’ In that same self-description, Fox also describes herself as ‘vintage 007.’ Do I have much of an idea of what this means? Not really, but I think we can all admit that any music classifying itself as vintage James Bond has got to be pretty sweet.
Fox does lend context to the nostalgic, vintage vibe. She cites inspiration from vintage films and soundtracks, and has worked extensively as a singer songwriter and actress for television networks and major venues. ‘Money On You’ has been chosen as the theme song for a new series on the E! channel, 'Fashion Bloggers,' a show which is up for a ‘Logie’ award. So how’s the song?
‘Money On You’ introduces itself with a fierce production: droning atmospheric jamming, tactful electric guitar, and pounding percussion. Her vocals are hauntingly intriguing; she’s got a great presence. The chorus of the song is incredibly catchy and memorable: “Look into my eyes / you can see I got my money on you.’
The style of the song does align itself remarkably well with Ivy Fox’s ‘nostalgic pop’ genre. It’s not generic, mainstream, overly marketable pop music. It’s more intelligent and actually boasts some mean instrumentation and production. The three minute song seems like it would be suited well to a show theme since it’s one of those tracks that can be infectiously catchy in a short period of time.
‘Money On You’ is a great tune. Ivy Fox has beautiful, exciting vocals and her band is top notch and well executed. The inclusion of the minimal, yet very impactful electric guitar riffs make a huge difference on the track, as do the subtle vocal harmonies. There is an element about it that feels nostalgic, but not dated, which is a very fine line. Ivy Fox walks that line better than anyone else I’ve ever reviewed; I’d love to hear a full record of her songs.
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