You don’t have to listen to much more than a minute of a Xiu Xiu song to understand that Jamie Stewart is upset. Indeed, nearly everything in the Durham, NC, singer’s catalog represents a shot across the bow of calmness: his vocal histrionics, the ping-ponging of intense imagery and emo straightforwardness and the wailing electronics that cut through otherwise pleasant melodies. Here he plays alongside Wrekmeister Harmonies, a loose-knit Chicago collective led by J.R. Robinson, which—much in the same conceptual vein as Sunn O)))—mingles doom-metal aesthetics with noise, drone and classical textures.
May 12, 2019
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