RIYL: Parenthetical Girls, Psychic TV, Swans, Former Ghosts
Label: Altin Village & Mine
So, my friend over at Altin informed me that they are putting out a second edition of “Forget” with an alternate cover on black vinyl. This is a limited pressing that Xiu Xiu is only selling on their European tour and at Altin & Village Mine. It’s super limited, 350, so get your copy now before it sells out, especially if you missed it the first time. Cheers.
The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu‚Äôs 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. With this all-star cast amongst them, the band delivers an album of carefully crafted, tender pop songs, which, even at their quietest (see the remarkable ¬ĽGet Up¬ę, for example), are implanted in blissed out, full-on instrumentation that blur the lines between abstraction and pop delivery. Standout track ¬ĽWondering¬ę is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like all of Forget, it bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece, from the haunted guitar duet of ¬ĽPetite¬ę, to the advanced industrial boxing match of ¬ĽJenny GoGo¬ę, or the experimental goth explosion of ¬ĽFaith, Torn Apart¬ę.
The calligraphy on the cover translates literally to ¬Ľwe forget¬ę. It bows to the universality of the inevitable decline and foggy disappearance of everything and everyone. Regarding the album title, singer Jamie Stewart said, ¬ĽTo forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.¬ę In the back and forth of the consolatory and unsettling textures on Forget, the album is both the palliative fade out of a traumatic past as well as the trampling pain of a beautiful decay.
Xiu Xiu is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie ¬ĽButch Jenny¬ę Stewart
Produced by John Congleton, Greg Saunier & Angela Seo; Recorded by Jamie Stewart at Nurse; Mixed by John Congleton at Elmwood; Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side
In support of Xiu Xiu‚Äôs europe tour (April/May 2017) Altin Village & Mine is releasing an exclusive second edition of "Forget".
The record comes with alternate artwork and is only available from Xiu Xiu on tour and at Altin Village & Mine. Limited to 350 copies.
Release Date: April 20, 2017
Catalog Number: AVM 061
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive