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 gush 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.
The new Xiu Xiu album is called FORGET, and follows a period of epic productivity that has seen them produce and tour the pitch-perfect Plays the Music of Twin Peaks project, collaborate with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, compose music for art installations by Danh Vo, recorded an album with Merzbow and score an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera The Magic Flute.
All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works. The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu’s own Angela Seo. It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, L.A. Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.
Standout track Wondering is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. From the haunted guitar duet of Petite, the hilariously fraught lyrics of Get Up, the advanced industrial boxing match of Jenny GoGo or the experimental goth explosion of Faith, Torn Apart, all the songs, in their own ways, build to a roiling boil of a fate in vanishing.
The touring incarnation of Xiu Xiu for FORGET finds Jamie joined by ongoing percussion accomplice Shayna Dunkelman.
The album will be released in Europe in February via a series of local partners per territory, with labels involved including Upset The Rhythm (UK), Altin Village (GAS + Benelux), Teenage Menopause (France) and La Tempesta (Italy).
|20/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Gdansk, PL||Shakespeare Theatre|
|21/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Torun, PL||NDR Club|
|22/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Warsaw, PL||Cafe Kulturalna|
|23/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Krakow, PL||89|
|24/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Prague, CZ||Underdogs|
|25/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Vienna, AT||Chelsea|
|26/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Ljubljana, SI||Menza Pri Koritu|
|27/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Innsbruck, AT||PMK|
|28/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Graz, AT||Forum Stadtpark|
|29/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Linz, AT||Crossing Europe Film Festival|
|30/04/17||Xiu Xiu in Salzburg, AT||Rockhouse Bar|
|02/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Munich, DE||Milla|
|03/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Leipzig, DE||UT Connewitz|
|04/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Berlin, DE||Heimathafen Neukolln|
|05/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Hamburg, DE||Kampnagel|
|06/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Cologne, DE||Gewoelbe|
|07/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Nuremburg, DE||Musikverein|
|08/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Martigny, CH||Caves Manoir|
|09/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Bern, CH||Dachstock|
|11/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Rome, IT||Monk Club|
|12/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Napoli, IT||Duel Beat|
|13/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Pescara, IT||Spazio Matta|
|14/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Udine, IT||Teatro San Giorgio|
|16/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Lyon, FR||Sonic|
|17/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Paris, FR||Le Petit Bain|
|18/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Mulhouse, FR||Noumatrouf|
|19/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Metz, FR||Young Team Festival|
|20/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Lille, FR||Le Grand Mix|
|22/05/17||Xiu Xiu in London, UK||Kamio|
|23/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Leuven, BE||Stuk|
|24/05/17||Xiu Xiu in Amsterdam, NL||Bitterzoet|