Thursday, 6 December 2018

Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit

Today, Xiu Xiu are sharing the first single from Girl with Basket of Fruit, their new album coming February 8th via Upset The Rhythm. Girl with Basket of Fruit is imbued with the agitation, tension, sorrow and anger that has permeated the daily lives of so many over the last few years. It was produced by Xiu Xiu’s Angela Seo and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. Xiu Xiu is Thor Harris, Jordan Geiger, Angela Seo, and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart.

Accompanying the single, 'Scisssssssors', is the first act of a three part video series, co-directed by the band’s own Angela Seo, to be released surrounding the album. Featuring Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo as well as Ron Athey, Elliot Reed and others, the themes and references of the series include ritual, mythology, mundane and divergent belief, film, music, and resurrected motifs from preceding Xiu Xiu videos.

'Girl with Basket of Fruit' is available to pre-order now on purple/white/black marbled vinyl and CD here:

Xiu Xiu is the conduit for the uncompromising and unnervingly personal musical works of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart, plus a roll call of collaborators both in studio and onstage..  Streaming forth a ceaseless torrent of releases, side projects, art offerings and extensive international touring since 2002, Xiu Xiu's music has veered from damaged avant-pop to artfully orchestrated rock, squalls of black-hearted noise and most bases around and between, ever served with a bruising honesty and intensity that has ripped out the hearts of a legion of obsessive listeners.
Latest Xiu Xiu album 'Girl with Basket of Fruit' (out Feb 2019) is a rowdier, yet more stylistically splenetic offering than 2017's 'Forget', with the usual eye-catching list of collaborators this time including Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Devin Hoff and Haitian percussionists Emmanuel Obi and Ayo Okafor.

It could be handfuls of reds

It could be turning Caravaggio’s Boy with Basket of Fruit to face the wall

It could be a commission by the Guggenheim entitled Deforms the Unborn 

It could be the demon Vetis, whose friends call Him The Life Promiser 

It could be that in 1918 a pregnant Mary Turner was hung upside down from a tree by a lynch mob while they cut out her fetus & that this could happen today, as it did then, without consequences for whitey

It could be handfuls of natural pearls

It could be collaborations with master Haitian drummers 

It could be doing the wrong thing together forever

It could be long lists of how The Devil’s acts towards children before, during & after their possession 

It could be short lists of produce, insects & imagined blues musicians 

It could be handfuls of an insane 9 year old's feces smushed on the lunch table

It could be a psychedelic Chicago house song about a pig & about your parents 

It could be your dad’s new husband gave you his boyhood viola

It could be a collaboration with master Yoruba drummers

It could be handfuls of cactus spines & a poison dart

It could be your sister has cancer & they keep chopping parts of her body off

It could be a conscripted arco bass piece that was a dedication to Turkish feminists

It could be Jack Smith has a film called Normal Love

It could be scisssssssors, air conditioner tubes, glasses of ice & seashells

It could be handfuls of hot pink Make Noise 1/8th inch audio cables 

It could be that Nature is making it clear to us that we deserve it and that we are making it clear to Her that we are ready, ready to go

It could be a short novel called The Rhythm Section Talked about Drugs, The Horn Players Talked about Ass & The Strings Talked about Money 

It could be improvised vocals by Elliot Reed & orchestrated vocals by Eugene Robinson

It could be that European religious paintings of male martyrs depict them surrounded by chubby, adoring angels, everyone’s tearful mothers & converted sex workers dutifully sponging out their holy & shallow wounds 

It could be that European religious paintings of female martyrs depict them with their nipples being torn off, throats branded & their naked torsos flayed while they are totally alone aside from the men torturing them 

It could be handfuls of Diamanda Galás & Roy Orbison action figures 

It could be that despite the confusion of this life, people who can still truthfully call themselves human try to push through 2019’s collecting horror

It could be slowed down & fuzzed out field recordings of disappearing frogs

It could be flat purple & black or glossy black & purple

It could be mescal in a bottle & baby on a boob, hair dyed blonde for nobody, nobody move

It could be handfuls of that you just have to stop being a wuss & deal with it

It could be…


05/03/2019 Prague (CZ), Studio Hrdinu

06/03/2019 Lodz (PL), DOM

07/03/2019 Warsaw (PL), Hydrozagadka

08/03/2019 Krakow (PL), Klub RE

10/03/2019 Vienna (AT), Chelsea

11/03/2019 Leipzig (DE), UT Connewitz

12/03/2019 Hamburg (DE), Elbphilharmonie

13/03/2019 Berlin (DE), Berghain Kantine

20/03/2019 Ancona (Osimo) (IT) Loop Live Club

21/03/2019 Milan (IT), Oibho

22/03/2019 Bologna (IT), Covo 

23/03/2019 Winterthur (CH), Gaswerk

26/03/2019 London (UK), Islington Assembly Hall

27/03/2019 Brussels (BE), Beursschouwberg

28/03/2019 Lille (FR) Cave Aux Poetes

30/03/2019 Utrecht (NL), Tivoli Vredenburg

01/04/2019 Copenhagen (DK), Vega

02/04/2019 Stockholm (SE), Fasching

04/04/2019 Helsinki (FI), Kuudes Linja 

05/04/2019 Tallinn (EE), Sveta Bar

06/04/2019 Riga (LV), Gertrudes Ielas Teatris

08/04/2019 Kiev (UA), Closer

09/04/2019 Lviv (UA), Picasso


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