It is somewhat rare for a debut single to come out of nowhere and catch us off guard in the way X priest X's did at the end of last month.

Despite being their first piece of material to appear online, 'Samurai' already presented this recently formed trio as a band with a developed, fully formed sound, combining analogue synths with an 80s resurgent beat for the perfect mix of melancholy and bounce, whilst smooth, floating vocals brought in a Grimes-esque ambience.

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, and made up of vocalist Madeline Priest and producers Chandler Strang and David Kazyk, we're pretty excited by this three-piece's fresh take on modern lo-fi electronica, and are predicting big things from them in the future (despite not hearing any other tracks as of yet).

As we continue to itch for new songs (whilst steadily clocking up plays on their Soundcloud page), we caught up with Madeline to discuss blog hype, influences, and what to expect later this year:


X priest X, the last few weeks have been pretty intense after 'Samurai' went blogosphere viral, how has this sudden attention been for you?

It was a little shocking to be honest, but very encouraging. Good to know there are people enjoying what we're doing.

We were surprised to hear it was your debut track, as it seems you've already honed your sound. Has it been floating around for a while and you've been waiting for the right time to release it, or was it a more recent creation?

Well, we've been experimenting with sounds since January, so it was still relatively recent. We unanimously dug the vibe and decided it would be a good debut.

You've all been in musical projects before, was X priest X a way to explore new styles you couldn't in the past?

I'm definitely exploring a new style in terms of vocals/performance, and its a pretty fun process doing things I haven't done before. Dave and Chandler's other bands definitely have sonic parallels though, we use the same synths.

Do these other projects have to go on the backburner for now then after this unprecedented success?

Chandler is the only one who is in an active project besides X priest X right now. So far it has worked out pretty well, it's all about time budgeting.

There's a definite 80s influence to your sound, does that stem from artists you've discovered yourself, or more the subliminal inspiration from parental record collections?

I'd say both. Personally though, I've always loved music from that decade. Especially all the great female vocalists of that time. They inspired me as I grew up so they've definitely influenced me for this project as well.

How much other material have you got built up so far?

There are six songs that we are recording right now and a bunch of others were still toying with, some are more finished than others. We write pretty much every day.

Is there now a pressure to create music in a similar vein to 'Samurai' after such a positive response?

Not really, we are just going to keep doing what we're doing. There is definitely some variety in the songs but I'd say it's all in the same vein. We're definitely not working off a template or anything.

So what can we expect from the forthcoming EP?

We're not sure how the next release will be defined although an EP is a possibility. At this point we're still creating songs without any definite format intentions. But whatever happens you can expect dreamy production and a lot of synths.

How do you feel about the constant comparisons to Grimes?

It's very flattering. We should probably tour together or something.

If I'm correct you're yet to play any gigs, is it going to be hard translating your sound to perform live?

Correct. Along with recording that's what we are working on now. We have a pretty good idea of how we're going to do it without relying too much on technology.

And finally, what does the rest of the year hold for X priest X?

Getting the live show together is definitely a priority but we'll also do more writing and recording, possibly a video. We'll just have to see where things go, I guess only time will tell. But whatever happens we're having a great time...


You can find out more about X priest X by heading here.