Southern-California born musician Alix Page is still fresh on the scene, but making ripples with her music. Ahead of her debut EP Old News coming out in January 2022, Page has released a new song in the form of the soft and quietly confrontational “Radiohead.” Speaking of the track Page says:
“[‘Radiohead’] is proof that you can be completely over someone and then have a dream about them and fall right back into feelings you didn’t know you still had. Around this time last year I had a dream about me and an ex moving into an apartment and painting it together. We hadn’t spoken in months and I genuinely hadn’t thought about it in a while but it felt SO scarily real. I woke up flustered and heard the whole thing in my head before I even got out of bed; I wrote the first verse and chorus right away.
It wasn’t difficult to write technically but it made me face some hard truths during the process. I didn’t realize I still had some unresolved feelings about it until I was writing the chorus and saying those words out loud. That was kind of my way of coming to terms with the reality of that breakup and accepting the way things went. It’s really just a list of things I wish I could’ve said to that person at that moment.”
Instead of anything that resembles the titular band, Page’s song is a mostly acoustic track that reckons with her past. Her voice touches on Rosie Carney and Olivia Rodrigo, but when she sings the affecting chorus – “And I hate to bring it all back up again / I don’t believe you meant a word you said / I think that she was on your mind while you were on my neck / And I think you might have ruined Radiohead” – she comes entirely into her own, the anguish and private despair trickling from her words. Come the second half of the song some additional touches add a hushed kind of exquisiteness: strumming banjo notes tickling the edges of her guitar; a gentle few bass notes; swirling strings swelling between the words. Before you know it “Radiohead” has drifted away, but it’s effect lingers long after.