Sparked by Caravaggio's Boy with Basket of Fruit, Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart sees the title of their latest work, Girl with Basket of Fruit, as a comment on feminist politics and the precarious role of women in the world.
Returning after the very strong Forget, the experimental band Xiu Xiu returns with their new album, revisiting their more chaotic and unpredictable self in order to further their sound.
On their latest effort, Xiu Xiu express their grave existential concerns in a structured, disciplined pop format, managing to sound palatable and even fun without diminishing any of their gravity or darkness.
"Jenny GoGo" is a tormented industrial nightmare, with Jamie Stewart's hushed, unsteady vocals proving far creepier than any of the screeching, ominous electronic noise could ever be.
Stripping down to the core elements can reveal a whole new sound for some bands. For Xiu Xiu, it makes a band already invested in creating intentionally difficult music sound too difficult to be worthwhile.