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Xiu Xiu Get it ‘Right’ with ‘F.T.W.’

Exclusive: Download the gloomy yet majestic artsy renderings of "F.T.W." from Xiu Xiu's forthcoming studio effort, Women As Lovers.

William Goodman // January 24, 2008

Veteran art-rockers Xiu Xiu, hailed as one of the brightest starsamidst the Kill Rock Stars roster, retain their title with “F.T.W.,” aharrowing mini-drama recited in a creative mix of strumming acoustics,plucking interludes, floating keys, and frontman Jamie Stewart’sbreathy, gloomy narratives. “There is no right / There is no wrong / Inwhy we live / There is only wrong,” Stewart bleakly preaches in aballad-like tone over a forceful strum lined by soft strings and atapping drum beat. “To force a hammer and a nail / through its soul… acar has killed you / and your corpse has de-discouraged us,” Stewartcontinues, confessing in a dreary whisper under a shower of glimmeringriffs. The tune, chiefly a one man show, though Stewart’s latest lineup– cousin Caralee McElroy, experimental percussionist Ches Smith, andbassist Devin Hoff — all add indispensable sonic accessories, provesthe clout of brainchild Stewart’s eclectic, steadfast presence,narrative, and respect as a true musical artist. Women As Lovers arrives to store shelves Jan. 29 via Kill Rock Stars.

Now Hear This:
Xiu Xiu – “F.T.W.” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
Xiu Xiu at MySpace
xiuxiu.org

Talk: Do you think Xiu Xiu got it “right” with “F.T.W.”?