I love Xiu Xiu. About 12 months ago, I didn’t ever think i’d be writing those words. I’d downloaded a lotof Jamie Stewart’s stuff after hearing Boy Soprano on 120 minutes or something and tried to give it a listen, but it didn’t really click for me. However, having a lot of time free over the summer has meant that I’ve had time to give his albums a full and proper listen – and, by god, some of the stuff on their is magnificent. A lot of it is a bit experimental, but if you haven’t already listened to Xiu Xiu, then please do.
A love of Xiu Xiu isn’t necessary to be a fan of Former Ghosts, but it might help as it contains the band’s Jamie Stewart, as well as Zola Jesus‘s Nika Rosa as well as This song is a mess but so am I‘s Freddy Ruppert. Now, those are both bands for another day, but with this side project moving on at quite a pace, and with an album ready, their day jobs may be on the back-burner for some time. If you’re a fan of moody, atmospheric music, this may be for you – from the few tracks that I’ve gotten a hold of, it seems as if Jamie Stewart’s own agenda has taken a backseat in order to incoperate the much grander sound of the band. It’s amazing, and very much worth listening to.
Only a short one today as I’ve been in a school and need feeding. My favourite is ‘The bull and the ram’. Excellent.
Former Ghosts – 4 Songs mediafire