What separates the powerful from the weak? Is it the strength of their conviction or the amount of skill they possess? Robert Nix brings a lot of questions into view with his fifth album, Once In A Blue Moon.
“Never had the feeling I was going with The flow”
Certainly not the ordinary, Robert Nix does not want to end up where everyone else does. This is obvious not only from the vocal manner he sings in, but especially the note placement of the piano, drums, and more. Overlapping vocals, repeating guitar, unexpected saxophone, something about it all coming together is hypnotizing, like watching a city bus flip only to have Jim Morrison climb on top and play a live show dedicated to the bus riders.
The lyrics are unexpectedly straightforward most of the time, giving the listener a prompt to apply to their own experiences. Nix avoids the modern mainstream pop scene by following his own tune, true that sometimes it creates something downtrodden that is too odd to enjoy, but other times it burns brighter than all the shadows cast across it. Each track feels homemade, not in a way this is unsettling, but in a way that feels rooted in reality.
“Don’t stop growing.”
Synth is lifeblood of the album, it is immersed into the atmosphere, crafting the genre as it dips into new wave, alternative, and in some cases progressive rock. It is certainly a cup of tea very different from the standard pop modern mainstream tends to go for often. Meaning, Nix is too off the wall to ever be a radio hit, but self-reflection is something that should still be done every once in a blue moon.
“When you get out of school, what will you do?”
Once In A Blue Moon is Nix’s fifth album and released on January 4, 2016 and is 31 minutes long. Soundcloud only has the album opener on it (video above), but the rest of the album can be purchased from itunes or CDbaby (links below).
Robert Nix sings with strength in his one man show, not the strength of a rebellion, but of a man who has carved his own path and will never turn his back on it. Unfortunately “Real Time Drum Solo comes off as awkward and childish, it is yet another example of how Nix refuses that path so many others take, even if it gives him a sound that is more jarring than soothing. What it comes down to in the end is a close examination of the weird. Is this too weird to be enjoyed? Certainly not. Nix bottles a flavor that is undeniable, similar to bands like Jethro Tull or Pink Floyd. What makes Robert Nix so special is the he seems to be having a direct conversation with the listener, instead of trying to persuade or impress them.
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