When I first got acquainted with Detroit musician whiterosemoxie, I was immediately encapsulated by his ability to create records that had this massive, overwhelmingly powerful feeling to them. The production played a large part in this aesthetic, but moxie’s courageous charisma matched the vibe extremely well, and his talents were never even slightly overshadowed.
My first glimpse of his music came a few years ago at this point, and I haven’t looked back since. All I know is, he has been steadily taking off on a steep upward trajectory, and as big of a fan as I am, I have had the pleasure of tapping in with him personally to the point where I consider him one of my few true friends in this business.
Aside from all of that, he is ramping up the hype surrounding his upcoming EP HUMAN BEHAVIOR more than ever, especially after releasing his latest single “Call Me When You Hear This” which showcases his soulful vocal abilities alongside his genuine and personal songwriting strengths. Even the impressive backing vocals add depth and texture, creating a beautifully layered single that showcases the musician’s immense talents.
As time has gone on, I think that moxie went from being a straight-up hitmaker to someone who meticulously crafts meaningful messages within his lyrics, using this song as a way to take listeners on a melancholic expedition through the heartbreak of a failed relationship. Don’t get me wrong, all of these songs are the definition of heaters, but they are triumphs in a different, more striking manner.
The emotional ballad was released alongside a music video directed by Parker Lee, opening with the sound of a ringing phone as moxie lies on the asphalt in the middle of a street, lost in thought after receiving some sort of bad news. After wandering the streets at night, he comes across a mirror that appears to transport him to his hometown where he spends the day waiting by his phone, hoping for a call from the subject of this song.
Throughout the visual, we see moxie spending time with his dog, cruising around in his classic whip, and hanging out with his homies, all while the lingering melody plays in the background. As the camera follows him through the empty streets, the contrast between the bleak urban landscape and the warmth of moxie’s vocals creates a powerful emotional connection with the listener, perfectly complementing the record by capturing the heartache and longing in the emcee’s words.
Moxie’s singing style is raw and vulnerable, conveying the pain and desperation of a man trying to win back the love of his life. His conversational flow, coupled with the acoustic guitar and snapping snares, creates a mesmerizing effect, drawing us in and keeping us captivated until the very end. While we wait for more information and/or releases from moxie’s upcoming EP HUMAN BEHAVIOR, “Call Me When You Hear This” is a must-listen for anyone who considers themselves a music fan!