Passive/Aggressive

Xiu Xiu – the return of Experimental-Californian-post-art-noise-indie to Copenhagen

English Kritik April 1 2019

Preview by Macon Holt

I remember back in like 2007, I met a girl at a party in some rural part of northern England so far from anything else that I think the house I was in was the village in its entirety. I found her really compelling but, as this was the phase of my life best summed by the phase “a shyness that is criminally vulgar”, nothing came of it. Nothing that is but tracking her down on that voluntary surveillance platform of old, MySpace. When her page opened and the auto-music player kicked into gear, a sound came out of my speakers that was like nothing I had ever heard before; it was the song “Boy Soprano” by a band I had never heard of called Xiu Xiu. And in the clattering noise of lo-fi samples, harshly overdriven synths, clattering percussion and agonized perverse vocals, my sonic world vastly expanded before me. It is the absence of moments like this from my life today that really makes me despise the objectively better slick, professional design of Facebook.

The experimental-post-art-noise-Californian-indie band returns to Copenhagen on this evening for the first time since performing their reinterpretation of the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack at Jazzhouse in 2016; a combination that always made perfect sense. Since then, the band, lead by singer and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart, have released two more albums, both on Polyvinyl, that couldn’t be more different from each other; the, ever so slightly, pop-inflected “Forget” in 2017 and the glorious horror show, “Girl with Basket of Fruit”, which came out last month.

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