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FORGET

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Gor E. Lla
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Gor E. Lla As a first time listener to Xiu Xiu and this LP. I can assuredly say I've never heard anything quite like this before. The combination of synths, Jamie Stewart's sometimes haunting delivery and the memorable song structure. This is just something very special and I'm very happy to have stumbled upon.
ALEX LOPES
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ALEX LOPES HE DID IT AGAIN!!!!! Favorite track: Forget.
Deadlymustard
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Deadlymustard The best album I've listened to in 2017 so far Favorite track: Jenny GoGo.
Dildo Baggins
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Dildo Baggins This album is masterpiece, but what else is new from the magnificent Xiu Xiu. Jamie you are a godsend! Please don't stop what you're doing, you've hit a creative stride that is difficult to put into words. With "Twin Peaks" last year and now this... what can't you do Jamie?
brantly
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brantly Another warmly alienating pastiche of musical motifs and strangely inviting lyrical estrangement. Nary a bad LP form Mr. Stewart and Co., and here the trend continues. I hate when reviews say the disturbing imagery is becoming predictable, that's like saying murder is passe. It's still starkly distressing after a nearly 20 year career, and that's impressive! Oh, and the brilliant, 'Get Up,' is the '17 Spring anthem to get fired up to go out and get sardonically drunk on Friday nights!
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FORGET was recorded during a period of epic productivity for Xiu Xiu. While writing FORGET, they released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, composed music for art installations by Danh Vo, recorded an album with Merzbow and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.

The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo. It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, LA Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.

Standout track, “Wondering” is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. From the haunted guitar duet of "Petite", the hilariously fraught lyrics of "Get Up," the advanced industrial boxing match of "Jenny GoGo," or the experimental goth explosion of "Faith, Torn Apart," all the songs in their own way build to a roiling boil of a fate in vanishing.

The calligraphy on the cover translates literally to "we forget." It bows to the universality of everything and everyone's inevitable decline and foggy disappearance. Regarding the album title, Xiu Xiu singer Jamie Stewart said, “To forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” FORGET is both the palliative fade out of a traumatic past but also the trampling pain of a beautiful one's decay.

Xiu Xiu is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart

Contributors:
Father Murphy
Vaginal Davis
Kristof Hanh
Greg Saunier
Charlemange Palestine
Enyce Smith
Devin Hoff

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released February 24, 2017

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