Monday, September 28, 2009

Xiu Xiu Larsen "¿Spicchiology?"

This album is a collaborative effort of experimental indie rock band Xiu Xiu and post-rockers Larsen (this collaboration is entitled XXL and this is the second album they've released). The album came out in May 22 of 2007, released at Important Records (the label that Larsen are on).
The first and second tracks have more of Larsen's influence than Xiu Xiu's, as I can hear. But both are very good, smooth and relaxing. They have Larsen's common hypnotic (and somewhat obscure) drone and Xiu Xiu's melodic experiences. The first track is "So Easy, So Cheap" - 2:03- and the second track is "Daydrinking" - 3:53.
The third track, which is"Little Mouse of the Favelas" (4:15 minutes), is more melodic and now has Jamie Stewart's distinctive voice. I strongly advise you guys to hear this one.
The other 5 songs I haven't heard them enough to comment them, sorry, although I think that I enjoyed hearing "Last in the Society"- 3:40.
There are, as you could see, 8 songs:
  1. "So Easy, So Cheap" - 2:03
  2. "Daydrinking" - 3:53
  3. "Little Mouse of the Favelas" - 4:15
  4. "King of Koalas" - 4:50
  5. "The Green Count Tapes" - 4:40
  6. "Last in the Society" - 3:40
  7. "...Nothing About Dwarves?" - 5:45
  8. "Tale of Brother Cakes and Sugar Dust" - 9:52
The album's lenght is around 37 minutes and 37 seconds. In this album there's an ecletic variety of musical instruments. I deduce they are the following: electric viola, drums, vocals, guitars, basses, synths, acordeon and some others, I presume...
Pitchfork scored it as 7.4 out of 10.0.
You can have access to this album here.

Oh, by the way, I've met Larsen this year, May 15 of 2009, when they played at Galeria Zé dos Bois. They had a successful concert. They signed one album of mine too and Julia Kent was also able to sign it.

Below is the 4th track "King of Koalas":

You can hear and view below a Larsen concert I've filmed some months ago, May 15 2009, at Galeria Zé dos Bois:

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