Linda Fox Share Gorgeously Ominous “Like New” Video via Impose Magazine
Michael Donovan’s (Molly Shannon, Molly Shannon / Ivyaura) Solo Debut
Part of File Under: Music’s Ongoing “One Song At A Time” Video Single Series
photo courtesy of Linda Fox
Watch “Like New”
Linda Fox is the latest project from Seattle’s Michael Donovan (Molly Shannon, Molly Shannon / Ivyaura), a brilliant amalgamation of styles from electronic noise-pop to futuristic indie soul. Linda Fox are sharing their latest single “Like New” as part of File Under: Music’s ongoing One Song At A Time series, an ambitious endeavor focused on bringing together the best emerging artists and vivid music videos. “Like New” pulsates with enigmatic charm and a sharp attention to detail, drawing upon visionary artists like Bjork and Bon Iver as Linda Fox contorts electronic and acoustic instrumentation with Donovan’s gentle vocals. It’s a bold debut from a confident songwriter with an equally stunning video, directed by Matt Leaf.
Impose shared “Linda Fox is the project of Michael Donovan, a songwriter originally from upstate New York who makes spectral, dreamy noise pop. In the artist’s new video for his song “Like New,” we witness a couple getting ready for a wedding that quickly takes a terrifying turn … When matched with the band’s haunting take on pop music, the video becomes a totally surreal experience.”
ABOUT LINDA FOX:
Linda Fox is the new solo song-writing project from vocalist Michael Donovan of current duos Molly Shannon, Molly Shannon and Ivyaura (disambiguation key on both counts). Donovan grew up in secluded Upstate New York, in a fundamentalist Christian household, and was homeschooled for much of his early life. The environmental absence of a good number of others his age, mixed with probably some kind of autism-spectrum disorder lead Donovan to believe that others felt and thought exactly as he did. When he began to listen to music, this misperception transferred to the song-writers he heard, and to their lyrics, and he often became convinced that songs were directly related to, or even about his own personal experiences. No longer belaboring under this misperception, Donovan nevertheless attempts to craft songs directly for the listener or listeners who believe a song could contain truly personal meaning for them. And, Linda Fox’s first release, “Like New” is no exception.
An experimental project at heart, Linda Fox draws from elements of noise pop, dance-rock, lo-fi, and folk music to fashion palpable songs that reflect less than immediately accessible emotional states. “Like New” may be a perfect microcosm of the project as a whole, and takes its name directly from the conditions menu on Amazon.com’s products comparison page. The e-commerce company’s website states that any item which is “apparently untouched” or “apparently in perfect condition” but which is used, is “like new”. And, Donovan’s repetition of this phrase splitting the song directly in half, gestures an indictment at the belief that anything could be strictly, or emphatically “new”.
The song’s playful, questioning guitar over a constant electronic beat asks the listener to imagine what sort of transformation could encapsulate change, without genuine rebirth or renewal, while the final phrase “what you say goes” smacks of recurring defeat in the face of numerous attempts to change one’s own circumstances. Living in Lynnwood Washington, now, after ten years in Seattle, Donovan hopes to continually grow as a person. He spends his days working in a Human Resources office, his nights making music, and hopes to uncover each and every oppressive worldview he might have adopted as a young person, so that he can dismantle them, and become a happier, nicer person.
ABOUT THE “ONE SONG AT A TIME” SERIES:
The One Song At A Time video single series began this past October with File Under: Music highlighting highlighting new songs from various artists with regularly released videos. The project has thus far included video singles from Skye Wallace, Johnny Foreigner, Pill Friends, Wallgrin, Slime Girls, Slam Dunk, and Cry Wank. One Song At A Time will continue throughout 2017, sharing unreleased tracks for artists from Canada, the UK and the US. All of the songs are available worldwide digitally, and will be collected at the end of the 10 video cycle into a compilation.