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.
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.
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.
Humor is not uncommon in Xiu Xiu's music, which often contains similar, nuanced playfulness. Asked where it comes from, Stewart is quick to take a jab at himself. "I'm sort of a dumbass. It's probably initially really inspired by the aforementioned and oft-mentioned Morrissey in that a lot of his songs are incredibly depressing but really funny."