The lore surrounding Pixy’s concept seems refreshing and engaging, but I found their debut track to be a noisy attack that compensated for its lack of hooks with a surplus of bombast. Still, it isn’t easy to craft a killer debut, and often times a group will quickly find their footing with their follow-up. I wish this were the case with Let Me Know. The song doubles down on almost every element I disliked about Wings.
Let Me Know kicks off with promise, unveiling a catchy instrumental riff that brings a fantasy-like tone to the instrumental. From here, more and more percussion is added to the arrangement. The first verse crafts a decent build, melding strums of guitar to heavy drumbeats. But, the song collapses as we enter the chorus. The production opts for a noisy blast of distortion, the kind that sounds like a synth trumpet twisted and tortured until it’s barely recognizable. It’s like the EDM version of banging on pots and pans, and forms a claustrophobic soundscape that could benefit with a more nuanced approach.
All this would be forgivable if the track found a chorus strong enough to cut through the noise. But after a solid verse, Let Me Know retreats to a repetitive shout-sung hook that lacks imagination. It’s like the producers simply gave up, or forgot to polish an unfinished sketch of a song. This is a shame, because like Wings, I can hear potential in the group’s sound. But sadly, Let Me Know could do with a huge dose of pixy dust to help it break free from its thundering arrangement.