"Empty Prayer" - Joe Traxler | Review

"Empty Prayer" is this clearly self-reflective track that taps into a light indie-pop groove.


Joe Traxler is a new name for me but one that will be in many of my playlists moving forward. I love the soft quality of his vocals without his voice falling to a whisper. It feels quite sincere and calm; very sure and certain. The entire aesthetic from the instrumentation to the video just makes for this perfectly indie fun package. This video just feels electric and exactly what your brain would have imagined with the track. From the nostalgic retro video clip styling, to the cuts and editing of the scenes, this is a masterpiece.


‘Empty Prayer’ is a hymn of self doubt; Joe details the inner conflict between his higher self and the comfort and confines of his existing emotional routines. Mixing a modern production and electronic influences with nostalgia tinged retro synths, ‘Empty Prayer’ is the second single from his highly anticipated forthcoming debut LP ‘Lifelines’ which is set to be released in spring of 2022.



Vienna based multi-instrumentalist and producer Joe Traxler is defined by groove-driven indie pop and confessional lyricism. His musical maturity and forward-thinking independent approach has garnered him radio airplay in the US and Europe, one million streams on Spotify, and numerous TV appearances on Austria and Germany’s biggest broadcasters. On stage, Joe has supported indie powerhouses Jade Bird, James Gillespie and cult legend Vesperteen.


Presenting his second single of 2021, ‘Don’t Dance’, on August 20th, the new release marks the beginning of Joe Traxlers’ debut LP ‘Lifelines’ which is slated for release in spring 2022. ‘Don’t Dance’ details an evening out wracked with social anxieties and insecurities, yet paradoxically delivered in a feel-good, indie-funk wrapper.


Joe expresses his most personal life experiences in his music giving him an authentic edge as an artist. He demonstrated this honest touch in tracks such as ‘Asymmetrical Life’, which delved into his experience of waking up one day with his face half paralysed.


Joe Traxler on what making music means to him:


“I do music for the love of it and curiosity to delve deeper into all different aspects of it. I would like to use my privilege of doing music for a living to inspire people and to make them feel something. I personally feel most inspired by artists who don’t follow any recipes for commercial success but pursue their unique creative journey.”



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