Perhaps Jamie Stewart's living up to the cuddly do-gooder entombed forever in his name, or maybe he just wants people to love him in press release form if they can't do it through his music. Either way, the new album, promised out January 29 on Kill Rock Stars and titled Women as Lovers, professes to be as smooth as Strawberry Jam:
Make no mistake. No other Xiu Xiu album has ever been more approachable or communicative on a basic human level. What people sometimes fail to recognize is that Stewart is writing about all of us, not a freak writing about freakish things. He voices what the rest of us have a hard time voicing and the feelings in the music are ones that we can all relate to.
Also noteworthy here is an appearance by Swans legend and Young Gods record prez Michael Gira, as well as a strange shout out to Kurt Stumbaugh (“i can feel the soil falling over my head”), a dude who's played in two Xiu Xiu related groups, Ten in the Swear Jar and IBOPA.
01 I do what i want when i want
02 In lust you can hear the axe fall
04 No friend oh!
05 Guantanamo canto
06 Under pressure (feat. Michael Gira)
07 Black keyboard
08 Master of the bump (Kurt Stumbaugh, i can feel the soil falling over my head)
09 You are pregnant, you are dead
10 The leash
11 Child at arms
12 Puff and bunny
13 White nerd
14 Gayle lynn