Haux – the artist moniker of rural Massachusetts-based songwriter/producer Woodson Black – has released “Accidents”, a stirring new single from his forthcoming debut album Violence in a Quiet Mind out July 17th.
The song is driven by hypnotic percussion and capturing a heart-rending memory from Black’s childhood – listen below…
Speaking about the single, Woodson Black explains: “‘Accidents’ is one memory that remained [from childhood]; driving with one of my crushes in the back of my mom’s ex-boyfriend’s car while he was pretty buzzed wondering if we crashed, would it actually be worse than how we were feeling at the time (being 13 or 14 years old). It’s messed up but sometimes when you’re dealing with someone struggling with addiction you kind of welcome rock bottom because then at least something might change.
It takes a lot of energy to sift through the past. I feel like this album has allowed me to retell my childhood with all the parts I chose to forget back then. It’s scary to know that the way I cope with difficult times is to forget them. I guess part of growing up is shedding those old coping habits and learning that remembering is actually ok, that it’s healthy.”
Co-produced by Haux, his longtime collaborator Jamie Macneal, and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman; credits include work on albums for St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Rhye, and Vagabon), Violence in a Quiet Mind was recorded between sessions at a seaside studio in Scotland and at New York City’s renowned Reservoir Studios. The record finds Woodson processing tragedy and substance abuse across three generations of his family, and attempting to break that cycle.
Bartlett helped shape and define each song, resulting in the intimate, all-encompassing feeling of Violence in a Quiet Mind. “Working on this record was a privilege, like being invited into a secret, hushed room filled with someone’s most intimate thoughts, piled high with a lifetime of precious and painful memories,” says Bartlett. “Woodson is a bit of a conjurer, and these songs will sneak up on you, revealing their secrets slowly, seeping into you until you’re awash in half-remembered images and things left unsaid, each song a little glimpse into that secret room.”
With songs that embrace empathy – both for one’s self and for those around you – Black sees Violence in a Quiet Mind as a guided therapy of sorts. “The album is about honesty after hiding for so many years,” he says. “I needed to look at the anxiety, the insecurity, the impact of addiction, and start that conversation with myself. Lots of people have probably experienced these things before, but sometimes we can feel like we’re alone. I hope that this album allows people to not avoid the things that hurt them.”