Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.
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I've been looking forward to this all evening. Actually, no I haven't. I've been utterly dreading it but my dread is someone else's enjoyment I suppose. LA musician Jamie Stewart has long been making uncompromising (translation: unlistenable) music and here makes one of his most unenjoyable records yet which he hopes mirrors the chaos of living in the current confusing era.
It's basically a series of pulsating sound collages using cut up audio mashed with clattery percussion and the odd hammered synth. It sounds like the sort of thing Negativland used to do. I'd find it interesting if Stewart matched this form of relentless sonic scree in with some form of actual music and use the juxtaposition between let's say... a tune and a frantic cacophony of sound. The nearest he gets to it is on Ice Cream Truck which has some pretty exhilarating percussion alongside the power drills and cascade of voices.
I'm never going to listen to it again but I have respect for a record that is so out there and so brutal that I want to punch a hole in something.
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