Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit
Feb 8, 2019

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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 1/8inch 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…

Songs

  • 1
    Girl with Basket of Fruit (4:16)
  • 2
    It Comes Out as a Joke (3:01)
  • 3
    Amargi ve Moo (4:51)
  • 4
    Ice Cream Truck (2:38)
  • 5
    Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy (5:01)
  • 6
    The Wrong Thing (4:55)
  • 7
    Mary Turner Mary Turner (3:48)
  • 8
    Scisssssssors (4:28)
  • 9
    Normal Love (3:38)

Reviews

“Misery knows no borders, no bounds. An overbearing sense of malaise and its malcontents are the new norm. It’s as if the basic machinations of nation-states are crumbling before our very eyes. Our Faith, privately, collectively, torn apart. Could there ever be a more perfect juncture for a new Xiu Xiu album?”

Tiny Mix Tapes

"Such is Stewart’s appeal—the guy can write a hook like nobody else, but he won’t share them before jamming a few steel spikes in your head."

AV Club

"Xiu Xiu has been throughout its existence a truly innovative act. Undergoing multiple transformations and never standing still Xiu Xiu has explored the edges of abstract pop, expanding these with noise elements and an alternative rock form.”

PopMatters

"Xiu Xiu sends a necessary shock into the static indie circuit."

Under the Radar

"Girl With A Basket of Fruit is a remarkably bold release, which speaks volumes considering the polarizing nature of this ever-evolving collective. With ricocheting post-industrial energy operating as the musical lifeblood, this album is sadistically cathartic when blasted full-volume."

The 405

"Xiu Xiu feel like a band readymade for these times. The issues that have been on their lips for decades—blind nationalism, religious servility, reproductive rights, personal freedom, human fairness—now ripple through the pieces of this ripped international landscape."

Pitchfork

"Affecting, cathartic, and unsettling, Girl with Basket of Fruit reflects that while the edge to Xiu Xiu's music has changed with time, it never dulls.”

All Music

"Musically, it’s made up of voodoo passages, techno rhythms, broken voices singing desperately over low and deep strings from a horror musical, screams, stripped down beats with synthesized vocals and house music intermissions."

Loud and Quiet

"The vocals are manic, politically driven and noisy, and Angela Seo’s inventive production can be reminiscent of Death Grips with its booming identity and articulation."

mxdwn

""Scisssssssors” charges back into the band’s eccentric discomfort. The drums move frenzied and tribal over frontman Jamie Stewart’s possessed mutterings. It all sounds like a dark, experimental ritual."

Stereogum

"Girl with Basket of Fruit demonstrates Xiu Xiu’s complex songwriting, delivering a diverse sonic landscape complete with thought-provoking and poetic lyricism.”

RIFF Magazine

Girl with Basket of Fruit begins in total chaos, and pretty much stays there. Xiu Xiu have swung far back to their most experimental impulses, delivering their strangest record yet, and one that stacks up among their best.”

Treble Zine
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Videos

  • Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy (4:57)
    Angela Seo and Anna Lian Tes
  • Scisssssssors (4:34)
    Angela Seo and Anna Lian Tes