Review: Xiu Xiu – Forget

Forget is an album full of surprises.

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Xiu Xiu write songs about things that you’re not supposed to talk about. Self-loathing, weird sex and death are all woven into a plethora of different sounds and styles. From the bare-bones acoustic songs of Fag Patrolto the “gay dance music” and neo-postpunk of Dear God I Hate Myself, Xiu Xiu are a band consistent in their inconsistency. Continue reading “Review: Xiu Xiu – Forget”

Review: Brian Eno – Reflection

The procreant urge of an alien world.

Ambient feels like an inaccurate term to refer to the work of Brian Eno. The genre has unfortunate connotations of mere passivity; a background noise to supplement something more substantial; conversation, study or work. It implies the unsavoury idea that music can be ancillary to something more robust, more practical. That is has a use value. Continue reading “Review: Brian Eno – Reflection”

Review: i.l.y’s – I’ve Always Been Good At True Love

Heavy distortion, psychedelia and rough-sounding electronic beats

It’s not easy being a Death Grips Fan. Ever since they’ve been in the public eye, the experimental hip-hop trio have had a rocky relationship with their listeners. Cancelled gigs, long-delayed albums and a later retracted announcement that the band was “over” have been just some of the products of their unconventional approach to, well – everything. Continue reading “Review: i.l.y’s – I’ve Always Been Good At True Love”