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Singer/Songwriter Xolex Releases New Single  

Burgeoning country singer/songwriter Xolex only has one thing on her mind in the new single “Ain’t Buyin’ It,” and it’s owning the spotlight of the spring with a ballad of surprising sonic strength. From the moment her voice enters the track to the second we lose it behind a cloud of silence, there’s no focusing on the magic of the instrumentation in the background, no matter how impressive. “Ain’t Buyin’ It” is a work of compositional simplicity, but for what it lacks in big-time fluff it more than compensates for in sheer originality and melodic moxie of the most erudite variety.  


The buildup to the chorus in this track is almost as exciting as the hook we find when we get there is, and yet I don’t think there’s enough of a hook-focused structure here for me to call this a straight country song. The sway of the verses implies a hefty amount of pop and even moderate rock influences that could blossom into something colorful in future material, and despite there being only a minimalist-style bassline/drum relationship, the weight on the bottom end touches on the mood of the music in general.  

I was startled by the amount of detail put into this arrangement of the instrumentation, and I don’t think you need to be a professional critic like myself to appreciate the personal investment on Xolex’s part here. She’s breathing life and vitality into every word slipping from her lips, and although there’s an argument to be made that the melody behind her is bearing just as much emotionality in its texture, it’s not nearly as charismatic as her performance is. Xolex is the star of the show, and that’s made clear to us right inside this song’s first ten seconds of play.  

There are more than a couple of understated pop elements in the mix of “Ain’t Buyin’ It,” and when you specifically look at the intimate nature of the bass and guitar’s dueling, I believe you’ll understand why Xolex has been called one of the most accessible young players of any in her peer group in 2023. She’s got the energy of a country singer from the old days, but the contemporary aesthetical foundations to make music that appeals to millennials (and particularly those with higher standards when it comes to listening to anything filed under the country category).  

If you follow indie music, you already know there are a lot of really fun studio cuts out right now, but none that I’ve personally listened to has sounded quite like what Xolex has laid down for us in “Ain’t Buyin’ It.” This is a singer who has a lot going for her beyond her virtuosic voice, and in the right venue, I think she’ll be able to win over even the most discriminating of audiences. “Ain’t Buyin’ It” is impressive, and it’s going to bring a lot of fascinated fans into this player’s fan club before the year 2023 has come to a close. Right now, this is an artist you need to keep tabs on.  

Mindy McCall



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