FLAX’s debut four-song EP – out February 7 – offers an unflinching birds-eye view of modern-day life’s highs and lows, with a slyly self-effacing, sometimes jaundiced eye, framing such topics as social media, addiction, mortality and identity through the prism of an experienced award-winning TV journalist, documentary filmmaker, and now, singer-songwriter-guitarist.
“Hopefully there’s a hint of optimism that comes through,” Sean Flax says. His debut musical project, which represents a lifetime in the making, bears his surname.
Produced in New Orleans’ The Living Room by Zack Feinberg, lead guitarist for platinum band The Revivalists, the EP features first single, “Language of the Birds”, articulating the horror of addiction and managing pain, the lure of the sky above, the agony of withdrawal on the ground below, FLAX intoning, “Just repeat, forget about it” in a way that evokes singer-songwriters such as Bon Iver and Hozier.
“I’m close to a number of people who are affected by these issues and I’ve been there myself, in a way,” he reveals. “It’s a fine line between helping and enabling.” — Share “Language of Birds” viaYouTube.