Haux / releases debut album 'Violence in a Quiet Mind'
Praise for 'Violence in a Quiet Mind'
"Violence in a Quiet Mind asks a profound question: Music can always make you feel better, but can it ever make you healed?" - Pitchfork, 7.8
"Violence in a Quiet Mind embodies one of the true beauties of creation: processing life through art and being born anew" - Gold Flake Paint
"Marries elegant instrumentation with heart-wrenching storytelling" - Clash Magazine
Haux’s debut album Violence in a Quiet Mind—co-produced by the rural Massachusetts-based songwriter Woodson Black, his longtime collaborator Jamie Macneal, and Thomas Bartlett—was released on Friday via Color Study to acclaim from Pitchfork, The New York Times, Clash, and Gold Flake Paint, as well as features and support at American Songwriter, Grammy.com, NBHAP, and FLOOD, among others.
Today, Haux shared a new visualizer for album track “Salt” featuring Sayer Mansfield, a dancer at Montreal’s famed dance institute Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Woodson filmed it on Super 8 after Bartlett introduced him to the work of Pina Bausch while recording the album (“she was a huge inspiration,” Haux says). Watch “Salt - Visualizer” now HERE.
Recorded between sessions at a seaside studio in Scotland and at New York City’s Reservoir Studios, Violence in a Quiet Mind finds Haux processing tragedy and substance abuse across three generations of his family, and attempting to break that cycle. Violence in a Quiet Mind is out now and available to stream HERE.
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—Woodson 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.” By imparting such a personal look into himself, Black encourages us to face our own demons – and, hopefully, to move on.