In a weird way (and what other way could there be?), there is no more apt a group to perform Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s unmistakeable score for Lynch’s utterly seminal Twin Peaks TV series than Jamie Stewart’s Xiu Xiu. Like the show, their music is am alluring cross-talk of jarring signifiers – elusive flirtations with genre, dream logic, dark-lit explorations of sexual deviance – which, taken whole, form an uncomfortable sense, a penetrative, unspoken truth it seemed impossible to arrive at.
Commissioned to perform the work at ‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’, an exhibition and retrospective co-curated by Lynch in Brisbane in April 2014, Xiu Xiu are bringing this very special, due-diligent but beautifully damaged homage to a select set of European stages, as performed by Stewart (vocals, guitar, synth and noise), Shayna Dunkelman (vibraphone, drums, keyboard) and Angela Seo (synth, percussion, noise)
This is an entirely new interpretation of the music of Twin Peaks; one emphasising its chaos, drama, fear, noise and sidelong leering glances. Be warned: BOB will be conducting.
“The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the “purity” of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players”
Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu
|02/09/17||Xiu Xiu plays the music of Twin Peaks in Aarhus, DK||Voxhall||Ujazz|