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Xiu Xiu - Oh No Colored Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

Xiu Xiu - Oh No Colored Vinyl 2LP

Polyvinyl Records

  • $ 2698

Xiu Xiu Oh No Colored Vinyl 2LP

For nearly two decades, Xiu Xiu has made music for the moments when life's harsh realities meet its existential mysteries. A profound sense of emotional vulnerability weaves its way throughout the dozen albums the group has made, but also a spirit of openness and experimentalism as they peer into the sonic unknown, creating moments of catharsis by harnessing bursts of noise and other uncommon sounds.

They have collaborated with confessional songwriters like Mitski and avant-garde composers like Charlemagne Palestine, displaying an uncommon fluency in both worlds. Singer and songwriter Jamie Stewart's lyrics are often veiled in layers of metaphor, but his delivery always suggests urgency and intimacy, that there's a universal truth that cuts deep. Xiu Xiu makes beautiful music for hard times.

And so Stewart, along with Seo, decided to have this collection of songs, many of which speak directly to the experience of dissolution and abandonment, as well as the shared reality of environmental devastation, represent the combined expressions of love and humanity that so effectively vanquished that darkness.

There is no shortage of severity and shadow, this is a Xiu Xiu album after all, but here it is a burden shared. On "The Grifters," Haley Fohr's full-bodied wail bolsters Stewart's wavering falsetto over stark acoustic guitar. Alice Bag's defiant chiming of "Knock Out" provides a perfect foil to his tentative singing of "hey hey." Chelsea Wolfe helps Stewart turn The Cure's "One Hundred Years," a favorite of his since high school, into pulsating industrial music that radiates intensity. And Liz Harris provides gorgeous beds of harmonizing vocals to "A Bottle of Rum," one of the hookiest songs Stewart has ever written.

Xiu Xiu Oh No Track Listing:

1. Sad Mezcalita
2. I Cannot Resist
3. The Grifters
4. Goodbye For Good
5. OH NO
6. Rumpus Room
7. Fuzz Gong Fight
8. I Dream of Someone Else Entirely
9. One Hundred Years
10. A Classic Screw
11. It Bothers Me All The Time
12. Saint Dymphna
13. Knock Out
14. A Bottle of Rum
15. ANTS

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