On January 3rd 2014, Pixies released EP2, the much anticipated follow-up to their comeback release, 2013's EP1. Similarly, this is a short collection of 4 new Pixies songs that give the fans a taste of what they've been missing while Pixies were on hiatus. The album's opener, 'Blue Eyed Hexe', is a rocking toe-tapper (even has cowbell!) that really serves as a jam track for the band over strange occult lyrics. Regarding this, frontman Black Francis has said, "It’s a tale from the northwest of the country and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song. That’s what a hexe is. And she’s a blue-eyed hexe!" It goes without saying that I am always entertained by Pixies lyrics. The next track, 'Magdalena', features a very catchy chorus with vocal styles similar to 'Andro Queen' off of EP1, but darker. The track also has a great groove that is bound to get your head nodding. It leads into perhaps the most upbeat track on the EP, 'Greens and Blues', reminiscent of Pixies' older work. Black Francis has said that this song will serve as a "show-closer" and I can see why. It definitely feels like the destination at the end of a long road, a relaxing calm after the storm. The last track on the EP, 'Snakes', starts with a mysterious clean riff which leads into a dark loopy verse and a really big chorus that is surprisingly light and catchy. That's one thing that I love about the Pixies; you never know how their songs are going to progress. The album almost feels displaced from time as you can hear influences and sounds from many eras, and I think it has a very nostalgic sound as well. Pixies are still doing their thing and I look forward to EP3 and whatever else the band has in store.
- Brandon Consoli