PX Sound Series: Intimacy

PX Sound Series

In the final article in our PX Sound Series, we listen to tracks from artists like CAN, Nirvana and Elvis Presley, and explore how PX presents this music with depth, focus and intimacy.

1. Why Are There Boundaries – FKJ

Possessing a knack for producing exciting house music, Vincent Fenton – aka FKJ – pivoted genres with this bluesy self-titled offering in 2017. All of the songs sound polished, with this one in particular highlighting the immediate presence of the drums, bass and guitar. Impressive in technique and tone, PX delivers the latter instrument with stunning character and detail.

2. Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again

Sharp, sunny, and always on point. Lindsey Buckingham shows his worth as a technically proficient guitarist in this track. What’s even better is that it’s superbly captured, with the clean fingerpicked tones sounding bright and lively across all frequencies on PX.

3. CAN – Vitamin C

Germany in the 1970s was a country of creativity, and CAN were one of its flagship talents from that period. In this sinister and somewhat saucy track we’re honing into the sounds of the drums in particular. There is a certain presence and naturalism that radiates from this instrument, all enhanced thanks to the limited amount of compression used.

4. She Drew The Gun – Pebbles

This gorgeous ballad by Liverpool quartet is another intimate affair. Consisting of only vocals and acoustic guitar – with the sonic emphasis on the former – PX brings out the close-miked nuances heard from singer Louisa Roach with extraordinary detail and accuracy.

5. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Nirvana allowed the world to get a little closer to their music with this stunning MTV Unplugged performance from 1994. Originally a traditional American folk song, ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’ takes the form of a heavy grunge ballad, and also produced one of Kurt Cobain’s finest moments. We won’t spoil it for you, but the lavish production techniques owe to such a brilliant performance existing in all its high fidelity glory.

6. Keep On – Alfa Mist

If all recordings were as well captured as this, we’d be very happy. Thanks to their angled drivers, PX presents all of the instruments with excellent focus across the soundstage. Listen out for the drum solo towards the end – we promise you won’t be disappointed.

7. Natalia Lafourcade – Soledad y el Mar

While we may not be completely proficient in Spanish, we can appreciate a great-sounding track when we hear one. The double bass tone in this song is to die for: not too overbearing, but balanced and superbly weighted when listening through PX. The rest of the track is delightful too, with Lafourcade’s expressive vocals complemented by sunny backing vocals and acoustic flourishes in the guitars.

8. Elvis Presley – Crying in the Chapel

This offering from the King of Rock’n’Roll is far removed from his usual high-energy songs. Recorded for his first of three gospel albums, ‘Crying in the Chapel’ is an intimate affair, with Presley’s voice positioned very forward in the mix. Piano, bass and backing vocals are harshly panned to the left and right channels, but thanks to PX’s angled drivers, they’re brought closer together for an even more realistic performance.

9. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong – Moonlight In Vermont

Small moments of tranquillity are hard to find in today’s modern world. So sometimes you have to look to older recordings to re-discover the old ways of life. And this song, beautifully sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, gives you that escape. Both singers’ voices are high in the mix, allowing for you to truly feel every note they’re singing. It’s a wonderful sonic document, made all the more enjoyable through PX.

10. Sheku Kanneh-Mason – No Woman No Cry

If you thought the world didn’t need any more Bob Marley covers, think again, as this solo cello piece is a masterclass in technical ability, emotion and tone. From the meaty low notes, to the delicate harmonics, the cello playing is expressive throughout, and this recording truly captures it all of its sonic beauty.

11. Johnny Cash – The Beast In Me

Recorded in a room with only a guitar, ‘The Beast In Me’ is a part of an album that kick-started a resurgence Johnny Cash’s career in the mid-1990s. And we can hear why. One of our favourites from this record, we love the intimacy on display here in Cash’s leathered voice, and together with profound lyrics of self-loathing, make for a powerful performance.

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