Saturday, May 07, 2005

Xiu Xiu - 5 new songs from forthcoming album La foret live @ LA March 4, 2005

I have listen to the new Xiu Xiu's album "La Foret" that will be released July 12 on 5 Rue Christine and Acuarela, but here instead of sharing new songs from the CD, I prefer to give live versions of 5 new songs to you, taken from the concert @ Echo, Los Angeles, California, last March 4, 2005.
My choice wants to respect the passionate bands and indie labels that keep on working to let alternative music emerge from the sea of corporations, away from their politics and earnings.


(by Roberta "saintbarbie" 2005)

Almost all along "La Foret" Jamie sings with a whispering and trembling voice. Going with a sad piano ("Mousey Toy") and more often with a deep and hot chord vibrating acoustic guitar ("Clover", "Baby Captain") it slowly slides, evoking oniric scenarios with synth and industrial sounds of sonic delirium and saturation, with wind instruments that cut the silence, with carillons, wheels, crazy tic tacs. Sometimes the total absence of tempo ("Ale") creates the panic of confusion, from which Jamie comes hanging on a prayer that however crushes on a thud noisy wall or under a martial rhythm. Only few flashlights: "Muppet Face" with a little upbeat guitar and the counter-singing by the sampled voice of a doll; "Pox", pure new wave song, with two lonely notes pulsating bass line and guitar chords, and techno bubble soap exploding all around, a real Xiu Xiu style anthem. Also when the band retrieves the melody and a more standard song playing to built a pop gem - "Bog People" - Jamie's hopeless singing sounds just like that one of a daying swan.

Live recording is not complete and I don't have the set list (May someone post it?).
Live @ Echo - Los Angeles, California, USA, March 4, 2005.

Xiu Xiu - 01 - Fabulous muscles

Xiu Xiu - 02 - Pox (Download)

Xiu Xiu - 03 - Bog People (Download)

Xiu Xiu - 04 - Ale (Download)

Xiu Xiu - 05 - Don Diasco

Xiu Xiu - 06 - Muppet Face (Download)

Xiu Xiu - 07 - Mousey Toy (Download) (partial)

Have a nice listening.

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