collating bones (signifier) wrote,
collating bones

Xiu Xiu: Knife Play

The cover blurb mentions Henry Cowell, Joy Division, Detroit techno, Black Sabbath, gamelan, etc. (but notably doesn't actually COMPARE the band to them), and the lineup includes Yvonne Chen, who's behind the excellent 'zine Zum. So my hopes were high, and weren't exactly dashed, but basically it sounds like an experiment in not sounding like any other band that succeeds as far as that; beyond that, it's uncertain. In other words, it's on 5RC, which means it wishes it were part of _No New York_. Which isn't bad, but I'm going to have to spend more time with it to even figure out if I like it.
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