They are one of the calmest beasts on the Polish electronic scene. They say that their goal is to take the listener to 'a state of higher relaxation'.
One of the calmest beasts on the Polish electronic scene.
Vocalist Klaudia Szafrańska comes from Konin; Michał Wasilewski, who deals with music and writes lyrics, comes from Szczytno. They met in Warsaw in 2012, when Szafrańska was looking for a producer that would suit her after performing on the program X Factor. Back then, she was 18 and he was 30. They quickly agreed that they would create a band which would be called after the well-known sedative.
Wasilewski has been dealing with modern urban music for a long time. He created this kind of music, for instance, within Projekt NOD (the albums Emoth from 2011 and Warsoul Experience from 2012). He is also active on his own as Lance Flare. Under this name, he creates deep house and related genres. In his opinion, an artist always needs a side project in which he or she can take a break from their main one. However, similarly to Szafrańska, Michał gained broader popularity only with Xxanaxx.
They debuted in the end of 2012 with the single Disappear. Shortly afterwards the songs Hurt Me, Love from Japan and On the Edge were posted on the internet. Today they may still be listened to at the band’s profile on soundcloud.com.
Xxanaxx also has its first release under its belt – the EP Disappear was published in August 2013 by the dynamic Warsaw label U Know Me Records. On the vinyl there are three songs by Xxanaxx and three remixes prepared by xxxy, Envee and Spisek Jednego. The remix by the Brit xxxy is exceptionally ingenious and it completely changes the “scenery” of the original song. This artist worked on the delicate composition Broken Hope and turned it into a dance hit.
The debut album of Xxanaxx was released by Warner Music.
Xxanaxx’s music is modern and quite cold, spatial. There is a lot of room for the voice of the vocalist, which is good as Szafrańska isn’t a dramatic singer, she doesn’t fight the microphone. In this sense she matches the discrete music created by Wasilewski. Both of the musicians are toned down and they may be compared with the trio The xx which has been creating arguably the most ascetic and delicate music of the past decade. The musicians from England shine with vocal harmonies, sparing play of guitar and bass guitar and pulses that bring to mind r’n’b. The Poles mainly use electronics, the older the sounds the better. This sounds much different than The xx’s music, but both bands create atmospheres that sometimes are much alike, especially in concert. The Varsovians have also performed vocal duets.
When the musicians from Xxanaxx talk about themselves they mention chillwave and witch house as their inspirations. These are seeking genres that draw from tradition, but are utterly modern. Even though it is Wasilewski who is responsible for the music and the lyrics, in a piece of information on the band it is emphasized that they “both love the sounds of the drum machine Roland TR 808”. This suggests that the band’s music is influenced not only by the person credited as its producer.
The duo has performed at festivals including Open’er, Audioriver, Selector, and The Great Escape. Xxanaxx was named debut act of 2013 by the portal Brand New Anthem.
Author: Jacek Świąder
Translated by: Marek Kępa
2013 – Disappear (EP)
2014 – Triangles