Foxgluvv aka Imogen Davies is an unapologetically queer DIY pop artist who has created the perfect score for your late night party with her signature ‘hungover pop’ sound. Foxgluvv blends the lyrics and aesthetics of modern left field pop music and turns it upside down with a nostalgic detour to the 80s, think Madonna meets Charli XCX.
A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Foxgluvv has been writing and curating her sound with producer and long-term collaborator, Scott Colcombe, for the past year. Her latest release marks a moment of self-reflection and sonic growth in her discography.
‘Fries’ is a situational break-up song, re-telling an end of a relationship taking place in a fast food joint, touching upon the relatable feelings of awkwardness and post break-up analysis. At the heart of the song is tragedy but it is transmitted as an alt-pop anthem with elements of heartache throughout the lyrics : “you said nothing would change but girl it’s kind of strange, we used to split a plate but now there’s separate shakes”.
In celebration of ‘Fries’ release, we sat down with the talented musician to talk about queer icons, ‘hungover pop’, and where she sees herself in five years’ time.
How did you get started in music?
I’ve always been extremely interested in music. I grew up learning the flute and playing alongside my dad’s guitar rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and eventually saw McFly live and subsequently begged my dad to teach me how to play guitar. From that moment, it’s been my goal to pursue music and songwriting as a career and this lead me to eventually studying songwriting at degree and masters level.
Who are your main inspirations?
My main inspirations are the bad-ass women in pop who are queer and/or use their platform to advocate for the queer community. I’m heavily inspired by Lady Gaga, Madonna, Cher, Charli XCX, Hayley Kiyoko… the list goes on. I’m a huge sucker for pop music that isn’t afraid to distance itself from the ‘norm’ and I think all of those artists do a wonderful job of blending current trends alongside their identity to create something new and fresh for their audience. That’s what inspires me and that’s the kind of thing I’m trying to do with Foxgluvv. I’m also incredibly inspired by the world of drag. I am for real envious of the confidence and talent it takes to be a drag queen/king and I love to adapt elements of drag performance into my artistry.
What’s the last song you listened to?
King Princess – Talia.
Your music has been described as ‘hungover pop’ — would you care to describe what this means to our readers?
One of my friends once described my music as being the ideal soundtrack to the end of the night, when you crawl out of a club still drunk and borderline hungover… and from that, the term ‘hungover-pop’ was born. I think it just perfectly sums up a mixture of sluggish but upbeat… burnt out, but fun. Hungover, but pop.
You’re openly queer, would you say that it’s important to have more pop musicians representing the queer community?
100%! I think positive representation of queer pop musicians is extremely important. It’s incredible that young LGBTQ+ kids have artists like Janelle Monaé, Kim Petras and Troye Sivan making music and being unapologetic about their identities to look up to. I wish that growing up I’d been exposed to more people like me in the music industry but I’m thankful that things are looking up for future generations.
Would you care to talk about your latest track, ‘Fries’?
‘Fries’ is a situational break-up song taking place in a fast-food diner that focuses on the story of a relationship nearing it’s end. I wrote this song with my producer Scott Colcombe and had the intention of conveying that post break-up reflection within the lyrics, without it taking the route of a heart-wrenching ballad. I wrote this song for anybody going through a break-up, whether it be romantic or platonic – if a relationship you cared about has ended and you need time to gather your thoughts, get ’Fries’ on full volume and just know it’ll be alright.
What projects do you have in the pipeline right now?
The video for my new single ‘Fries’ is out now and it’s my favourite video yet. I’m super excited! Other than that, I’ve been writing new Foxgluvv material, planning more single releases and designing new visuals as well as rehearsing and taking bookings for future live performances.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years’ time?
In five years time, I want to be creating more unapologetically queer content and continue to work my ass off in the music industry with every chance I can get. My aim is to be doing Foxgluvv full time and to have headline shows, as well as work alongside some of my musical influences. I might be dreaming a bit big to achieve this in the next five years, but you’ve gotta think it into the universe for it to happen… law of attraction and all that.