Monday, February 26, 2024

Interview: Haux Finds His Personal “Carte Blanche” in an Embrace of Ethereal Joie de Vivre


Haux’s Woodson Black catches up with Atwood Journal to debate the joie de vivre mindset behind his new single “Carte Blanche” and the overarching themes of his sophomore album ‘Blue Angeles,’ set for launch in spring 2024.
Stream: “Carte Blanche” – Haux


Weʼre enjoying it cool, weʼre laughing it off like life is a film. Fast, somebody hit cease…

A blanket of ethereal indie folks coats the ears as Haux makes his triumphant and tender return to the highlight.

Itʼs been ten months now, however it looks like ten years, I’m wanting round like how the hell did I get right here?” the singer/songwriter born Woodson Black sings on “Carte Blanche,” reflecting on life itself and the way we spend what valuable time now we have on Earth.

It’s been almost three and a half years since we final heard from Haux; 2020’s breathtaking debut album Violence in a Quiet Thoughts noticed him coping with despair, loss of life, grief, and love, portray what he described on the time as “a collage of my childhood – principally the unhappy components I couldn’t discuss at sleepovers.” Whereas the report stays an intimate and compelling breath of sunshine – as contemporary now because it felt upon its launch – Black himself has been on a journey of steady evolution, and he’s able to share a snapshot of that non-public and inventive progress with the larger public.

FRACTURE & FRAGILITY: INSIDE HAUX’S BREATHTAKING DEBUT ALBUM ‘VIOLENCE IN A QUIET MIND’

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Launched November 17, 2023 through Extremely Data, “Carte Blanche” is a heat and dreamy reverie dwelling in moments of connection and cathartic bliss. It’s a second of rapture, bottled up in music in order that we are able to all the time bear in mind what issues most to us in life, and never spend our time hung up on trivia and trivialities. Whereas we might by no means obtain a distraction-free existence, it’s useful to have a North Star within the artwork we’re uncovered to, without end guiding our souls and displaying us the way in which again dwelling.

Carte Blanche - Haux
Carte Blanche – Haux
Carte blanche in an ’80s sedan
Tattoos that your father canʼt stand
and Iʼm getting dizzy I took an excessive amount of
I assume I misplaced my stability
once we fell out of contact

And itʼs been ten months now
however it looks like ten years

I’m wanting round like
how the hell did I get right here?
However Iʼm enjoying it cool
Iʼm laughing it off
like life is a film
Fast somebody hit cease
Wait somebody hit cease

“I feel ‘carte blanche,’ to most individuals, means a examine with a bunch of zeros on it, however this music to me isn’t speaking concerning the cash,” Black tells Atwood Journal. “It’s speaking about one thing else, one thing you’ll be able to’t maintain in your palms or rely up or spend. It’s a way of thinking.”

“It’s about placing my cellphone down and fascinating with my bodily world – like I did once I was a child. It’s about rising up and turning into every part you already are.”

Haux © Sayer Mansfield
Haux’s Woodson Black © Sayer Mansfield

French kiss on the autobahn
cliché however you donʼt give a rattling
I wander the pavement
such as you wander my head

I skip all of the cracks
simply to show that Iʼm nonetheless a child

and Iʼm scrolling the feedback
within the Hollywood Hills

Getting down on myself
’trigger Iʼm a sucker for affordable thrills

Via poetic imagery wrapped in mild acoustic atmospherics, Black affords his personal spin on the basic “cease and scent the roses” idiom – slowing down and discovering happiness within the current via time spent with family members. He sings about discovering “carte blanche in an ’80s sedan” and a “French kiss on the autobahn” with a coronary heart full of affection, residing freely and within the second, though each verses inevitably fall prey to anxious ideas: “Iʼm scrolling the feedback within the Hollywood Hills, getting down on myself ’trigger Iʼm a sucker for affordable thrills,” he admits.

The music’s refrain feels just like the snap of the picture: An try and crystallize and enshrine a reminiscence, in order to make it final without end:

And weʼre enjoying it cool
Weʼre laughing it off
like life is a film
Fast somebody hit cease
Wait somebody hit cease
So donʼt you neglect it

“Carte Blanche” arrived alongside a self-directed music video that finds Black, his girlfriend, and his cellphone road-tripping via Northern California. The visible provides extra nuance and depth to the struggles to dwell freely and unencumbered depicted within the music’s lyrics.

“I’ve struggled lots with what I name feeling phonesick,” Black explains. “It’s one thing that’s stored me from getting exterior and really seeing the world with my very own two eyes. I needed to seize that fuzzy feeling the place the primary character’s caught between his cellphone display and his bodily world, with out actually current in both one utterly.”

Maybe the final word purpose is to scent the roses; in “Carte Blanche,” one may say that Haux is midway there. However is that even attainable? Are you able to be midway in on joie de vivre, or is it an absolute – you both have it, otherwise you don’t? I’ll depart that query as much as the philosophy majors.

Blue Angeles - Haux
Haux’s sophomore album, ‘Blue Angeles’, is due out within the spring of 2024

Nonetheless, Black has managed to search out moments of peace, tranquility, and serenity in his life. For him, “Carte Blanche” reminds him of “watching the sundown on a seashore in Malibu, having time with buddy.”

The music can also be the right introduction to Haux’s forthcoming sophomore album, Blue Angeles, due out within the spring of 2024. The brand new report, he says, is a solution to the pervasive query, “What occurs once we cease operating away?”

“I wanted to develop as much as write this report and that isn’t one thing that simply occurs in a single day,” he explains. “It’s taken me the higher a part of three years and I wanted all of it to be the place I’m at this time.”

Getting right here’s been the most important journey of my life.

Produced by Thomas Bartlett (Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine), Maxwell Byrne (Mallrat), and Aug E. Rose, Blue Angeles guarantees to be a haven of intimate introspection, non secular connection, inside therapeutic, and self-discovery.

Atwood Journal caught up with Woodson Black to speak about this subsequent chapter of Haux, what “Carte Blanche” means to him, and extra! Reconnect with one in every of our favourite indie folks artists beneath, and keep tuned for way more to return as Haux continues to unveil his new album!

Blue Angeles‘ second single, “Claire De Lune,” will probably be out December 15.

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:: stream/buy Carte Blanche right here ::
Stream: “Carte Blanche” – Haux

CATCHING UP WITH HAUX

Carte Blanche - Haux

Atwood Journal: Woodson, it’s so nice to reconnect with you! How have you ever been over the previous couple of years since we final heard from you, I assume actually again in 2020-’21?

Haux: I’ve been good man, actually good. Getting right here’s been the most important journey of my life.

You don’t say! “Carte Blanche” is such a wondrous solution to return after these previous couple of years. Why did you make your re-entry (so to talk) with this music?

Haux: I really feel prefer it’s illustration of the place I’m at in my life, and I needed individuals to see and listen to it first.

Are you able to share a bit of concerning the story behind “Carte Blanche”? What does this music imply to you, and what’s it about?

Haux: It’s about placing my cellphone down and fascinating with my bodily world – like I did once I was a child. It’s about rising up and turning into every part you already are.

So I not too long ago moved as much as the Hudson Valley (Beacon) and am completely loving it up right here. I do know you reside in close by Berkshires, and needed to ask in case you really feel like your surrounding atmosphere has an impression on the form of music you make?

Haux: That’s query. What I can say is that I like being exterior. I like every part about being exterior. It’s the place I really feel at peace with myself. This a part of the nation the woods really feel like dwelling to me. So yeah, there’s little question this place is part of who I’m and positively a giant a part of my music.

“Carte Blanche” completely balances an intimate heat with sonic ethereality; I like the way in which your voice flows over the devices, nearly like a shadow. Are you able to discuss concerning the sonics of this music, and what imaginative and prescient (if any) you had in thoughts as you went about bringing it to life?

Haux: Thanks. I didn’t suppose an excessive amount of about it. I feel it represents the place I used to be on the time, which was watching the sundown on a seashore in Malibu having time with buddy.

The music appears to take its title from the very first line: “Carte blanche in an ‘80s sedan.” What does this line imply to you, and why did you title it as such?

Haux: I feel ‘carte blanche,’ to most individuals, means a examine with a bunch of zeros on it, however this music to me isn’t speaking concerning the cash. It’s speaking about one thing else, one thing you’ll be able to’t maintain in your palms or rely up or spend. It’s a way of thinking.

Blue Angeles - Haux
Haux’s sophomore album, ‘Blue Angeles’, is due out within the spring of 2024

That is the lead single off your upcoming album, Blue Angeles. Are you able to share a bit of about what’s in retailer for listeners in your sophomore report?

Haux: I’m actually glad to share it. It makes me smile. I’ll simply say there’s one thing on it for everybody.

How, for you, does “Carte Blanche” introduce the album to listeners?

Haux: I feel individuals already know after listening to “Carte Blanche” that Blue Angeles isn’t going to be something just like the music I made earlier than and I’m actually jazzed about that.

What do you hope listeners take away from “Carte Blanche”?

Haux: “Carte Blanche” is an providing similar to Blue Angeles. It’s a documentation of my expertise and my studying. I don’t hope listeners take something away from it – aside from the way it makes them really feel and that’s nothing that I can speculate on.

Likewise, what are you most excited for as we get into the tip of the yr and head into 2024?

Haux: I’m excited for my subsequent single, it’s referred to as “Claire De Lune” out December fifteenth.

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Stream: “Carte Blanche” – Haux

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