Sunday, April 8, 2012

Xiu Xiu - Always

If you like music that will push some buttons Xiu Xiu's new album Always might spark your interest. With songs like "I Love Abortion" and lyrics about molestation and Satanic genitalia, the work of this band requires an open mind and a little adjusting to. The album moves between heavy synths and soft pianos as a piece latent with pushing the envelope both musically and lyrically. Jamie Stewart's strange styling never lacks a new angle that experiments with shrill vocals sporadic beats and sirens that choicely contrast their content. Stewarts gets a kick out of pairing raw lyrics with soft instrumentals while the less controversial the content the more wacky he gets with the music.

I'd say if you're ever tired of listening to music that all sounds the same, take a break with Always and bank on something different. With inspiration drawn from some darker places and songs concerning political and social issues there is a lot to this album that will at the least get your attention.


By Suja Ono

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