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๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†โ€™๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ - this week: Invisible Girl - Vix 20

Welcome all to ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†โ€™๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, a series of weekly reviews by Charles Connolly - an artist in his own right. Here, Charles delves into the greatest brand new singles brought to you by the best unsigned artists on our electrifying and eclectic set of ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ playlists.


๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™‚๐™ž๐™ง๐™ก - ๐™‘๐™ž๐™ญ 20


Charles goes wirelessโ€ฆ


I am speaking to you through a website. I am not with you in person. Or AM Iโ€ฆ? No. I am not - your paranoia can rest easy for now. My words are not printed in a newspaper or magazine. You cannot see me, you cannot hear me. If youโ€™ve got this far, your literacy skills are probably beyond the average these days. If it were not for a humble internet connection, I could not be with you now. So I AM with youโ€ฆ? No, not in person. I saw you looking over your shoulderโ€ฆ The internet has brought us rather a lot of good things. It has also brought us a rather large chunk of bad things. But we wonโ€™t be going into those, because, well, why sully the tone? We always look back on โ€œthe good old daysโ€ with such fondness and many of us resent the newer eras that stomp their loud shoes with increasing frequency, but for the most part modernity has done a lot of good. It has mainly brought choice to the fore. We used to watch television. Many still do, but maybe as a sideline to the many YouTube videos and Netflix shows that see us through life. We can now choose what we want to watch, and when we want to watch it. In terms of YouTube, we can go into detail like never before. It almost feels tailored towards each of us, because various clever โ€œalgorithmsโ€ make it so. Before the internet we had newspapers and magazines. We had television. But what was before television? Well, something that truly brought the world together. In a way, the earliest version of the internet. Something that gave us news, โ€œtalk showsโ€, interviews, plays, music and more. Most of this was live, and if oneโ€™s reception was good enough, one could โ€œtune inโ€ to many different areas of the world. Youโ€™ve probably guessed by now: radio. SO simple compared to what we have these days, but in a way, very similar.

In the old days there was not as much stuff around, so had we been given a choice of what we โ€œconsumeโ€, it would have been doable. These days however, choice can be a hindrance. There is just too much to choose fromโ€ฆ Over the decades, we have seen the rise and fall of so many of โ€œthe latest thingโ€. We all remember the Compact Disc, but it was really only properly around for most of us for less than 20 years. It doesnโ€™t come close to the impact of vinyl records. Essentially the CD had about as much impact as the cassette tape - maybe even less. And cassette gave us the choice to make our own โ€œmixtapesโ€ - now THEREโ€S fondness. A playlist really doesnโ€™t have the same appeal. Playlists can be cold and lacking in the human element. The CD died because of the internet. And that too is evidently the fate of television. But there is one thing that seems to ride on high, year after year. Television didnโ€™t trump and trounce radio. They learnt to live in harmony. Which is nice. Radio simply remains as popular as ever, because most people do not WANT choice. At a time where we have 100 million songs to choose from, I think Iโ€™d rather just sit in silence than attempt to work through it all. Enjoyment is not supposed to feel like a chore. I think this is the same reason that TV is still around - if not as popular as in the past. And so, radio brings the warmth of a voice we know and love, with music we love but maybe never knew. It is the personal aspect of it. Like a friend. THEY do the slog work, โ€œso you donโ€™t have toโ€. It seems the future truly is wireless, as it were.


Mm-hmโ€ฆ? So why are you talking about thisโ€ฆ? Well, I thought youโ€™d never ask! Mainstream radio can frankly be just as exhilarating as stirring a tepid cup of tea, staring at the fat blobs on the surface, and wondering where they come from. So we need to delve a little deeper. Ugh. So more choice. Never fear! EYE am here. I will slash the choice before your very eyes. An English chap called Gary Mills has been presenting a radio show for quite some time now. Syndicated to oh-so many stations across Britain, the show includes a monthly summary of our weekly NAS Top 20 Chart. It is called The Vix Essentials. Gary is not only a member of the New Artists Spotlight, but also a proud promoter of unsigned music. In his own words: โ€œthe best music youโ€™ve never heardโ€. But it goes far beyond music. Presenting a show is not as easy as it sounds. As with most things in life, if something looks easy, it is one of two things. Either it is genuinely easy, or it is done bloody well. Have you ever tried creating and presenting an hour-long show, month after month after monthโ€ฆ? I thought not. And do most people do this? They do not. Therefore it is not easy. So Gary evidently falls in to the โ€œdone bloody wellโ€ category. The trick is making it sound natural and unplanned. To achieve warmth and fondness with charm and wit. It has got to feel like they are talking to YOU. It has to feel personal. This is why my own mother feels like certain presenters on BBC Radio 2 are her friends. Her chums. But my favourite thing about Gary Mills is his humour. His infectious laugh that occasionally almost turns into dribbling hysterics. He is having just as much fun as we are! Or at least it FEELS that way.


Now why the name? The Vix Essentialsโ€ฆ Hmmโ€ฆ Well, he too is an artist in his own right. He is the main man in the band Vix 20. At the New Artist Spotlight, we are all too familiar with The Vix Essentials, but I think Gary, CJ and Co. just donโ€™t get the attention they deserve as artists. All hail Vix 20 with the almighty sound of their latest single, Invisible Girl! Bring on the upbeat nature of Mr. Mills and Co. as we go back to the 90s, via the Noughties, and end up right back where we started. The instant influences I picked up were The Boo Radleys, Blur, Ash and a personal underrated favourite of mine: The Hoosiers (Not to get mixed up with Hozier). I also hear a bit of Robbie Williams in there somewhere. The song is ridden with Millsโ€™ charm and top-notch professionalism. As well as what can maybe now be called โ€œa retro soundโ€, we can also go back even further, to ELO and Supertramp at timesโ€ฆ! But there is something so ever-present and NOW about Vix 20โ€™s sound. It could be the fabulous mixing, but I suspect itโ€™s the eager and even sprightly vivaciousness in Garyโ€™s character. What I might call Garacter. I suspect Gary was put on this planet to make us feel good. And he does.


The band is in perfect sync as we bounce from chord to chord. Guitars tightly slam from one to the next. The OWgan makes a big feature in taking a running jump face-first into the wall, just to say โ€œhiโ€ to the guitars. Howโ€™s that for eager?? One thing that keeps Invisible Girl in motion is its sneakily unusual chord changes - Iโ€™m a big fan of the unusual, as long as it doesnโ€™t jar on the ears. Being the professionals, Vix 20 doesnโ€™t jar. The song flows. It progresses. It builds. It packs so many punches. I saw you looking over your shoulder againโ€ฆ This is fine British pop. It genuinely POPS! Make sure to get an earful of it, and DO tune in to Garyโ€™s fabulous monthly show (link below).


Video killed the radio starโ€ฆ? I think not.


Listen to ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™‚๐™ž๐™ง๐™ก on the ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†โ€™๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ Spotify playlist HERE!

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Bernice Marsala
Bernice Marsala
Jul 22, 2022

Another great review! And I really enjoy this track.

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Charles Connolly
Charles Connolly
Jul 23, 2022
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Thank you, Bernice! The track is ace.

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Keyon Harris
Keyon Harris
Jul 22, 2022

I always say that same exact thing. That there are just too many things to consume. You just can't do it all. Things are constantly changing and there is so much more access to the internet and all of these streaming sites that we didn't have growing up.

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Charles Connolly
Charles Connolly
Jul 23, 2022
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Exactly! This is the hardest thing for us as artists. There is so much choice so it's even harder to get people to listen to yours over someone else's. I think in general we need to limit our access and choice as people, yet need to push our music as much as possible. It's sort of hypocritical, but that's how it is. Choice is tough.

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I was intrigued by the name of the song 'Invisible Girl' that I had to listen to it. It's a really interesting mix and I love the 90's vibe. One for the playlist and I'll now go listen to their other music!

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Charles Connolly
Charles Connolly
Jul 21, 2022
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This really is one of my fave NAS songs. Vix 20 are just brilliant!

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Unknown member
Jun 16, 2022

I simply love radio, video often dissapoints ,as do movies if you've read the book.The visual in your head is so different to what is presented on the screen. This happened to me with Lord of the Rings,for example, my imagination of the the charactors was very different to what i saw on the screen and i actually haven't watched more than the first and second "episodes" because it was ,for me, not how i imagined it to be.If i could film my imagination it would be very different, perhaps technology will eventually be able to do that, now then the internet would become mindboglingly facinating!Can you imagine watching/reading everyone's thoughts, for real, on social media? OMG, the mind woulโ€ฆ


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Charles Connolly
Charles Connolly
Jun 16, 2022
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Well this is rather beautiful. Thank you so much! As to what you said about filming one's imagination, what I have always wanted is a dream camera. To be able to watch back my dreams. Although, these reels may have to be held safely in a high security bank vault. Is there such a thing as a LOW security bank vault? I have always wondered that about prisons. Should they not ALL be high security...? As to what you said about the book being better than the film, I think this all depends on the reader. You, for example, evidently have a great imagination. Many don't. You are able to conjure up the most fabulous scenes down to the finestโ€ฆ

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Liz James
Liz James
Jun 15, 2022

Humming along to the tune of "ba, ba, ba, ba, dap, be, da, bap" as I read this. Love the show, love the band, love the music, especially Invisible Girl and Orla the Octopus. Garacter is a great adjective, Charles! Love it! Sums up perfectly. (How many times did I write "love" in this comment? Not enough)


LOVED this review about this fantastic band and really pleased to see Vix 20 getting some well-deserved... love. (Shush... there's no better word!)

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Charles Connolly
Charles Connolly
Jun 16, 2022
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I know!! Aren't they great?? They're like professional fun givers! And in answer to your question: Seven.

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