In an age where electronic and folk commonly coalesce into one genre, Haux (Woodson Black) has always upheld instant identity. Whether you’re drawn to his lyrical rawness, signature falsetto, or atmospheric production that can magically transport you atop a majestic fjord, one thing is for certain: Haux makes beautiful music.
His debut album, Violence in a Quiet Mind, is a heartbreakingly intimate and emotional collection of songs where themes of grief and loss persist, and that of vulnerability and bravery prevail.
‘Hold On’ references the album title “violence in a quiet mind”, allowing listeners into Black’s journey of emotional release after the untimely deaths of his beloved aunts who were plagued by addiction. ‘Of The Age’ and ‘Killer’ are gorgeously produced songs where you can feel Black mourn through his quivering voice, as though he is singing directly to these women whom he adored.
‘Heavy’ is a soulful yet heart wrenching piece, written partially from the imagined perspective of his aunt who passed away from a drug overdose. It reveals the pain endured from loss on his end, while portraying feelings of shame and helplessness that result from addiction. Yet, among mountains of agony, Black prioritises the importance of always taking a moment to “count your friends and your blessings”.
The album concludes with the gentle and dreamy ‘Calico’, a heartfelt goodbye note of sorts that we can only hope provided Black with necessary closure and healing. Violence in a Quiet Mind, a true reflection of Black’s deepest thoughts and most personal memories, is an album he needed to make for himself before being courageous enough to share it with the world.