Art-pop is far too gentle a term for describing Xiu Xiuâ€™s music. Since 2002, the band started by Jamie Stewart has delivered unrelenting, often jarring, songs that make a compelling case for the beauty in feeling anxious or trapped in a nightmare.
Currently, the band consists of Stewart, Thor Harris, Jordan Geiger and Angela Seo. Seo co-produced Xiu Xiuâ€™s latest album, â€śGirl with Basket of Fruit,â€ť with Deerhoofâ€™s Greg Saunier. While many albums coming out lately explore the tense emotions gripping society, none do it quite as viscerally as Xiu Xiuâ€™s. Come for confrontation, stay for catharsis.