New: Xiu Xiu - "Hi," New Album


Xiu Xiu’s back with the promise of a new record and a single to promise it’ll be just as dark, cold, and synth-y as you’ve come to expect – we’re just going to warn you in advance that “Hi” isn’t what its title sounds like, which you could probably predict if you’re a fan. For those uninitiated, note the lack of exclamation point – this is the kind of “Hi” you don’t want to say.

Over an ice-cold industrial soundscape of big drums and throbbing synths, frontman Jamie Stewart does his gritty post-punk thing in fine form, calling for audience participation of the darkest form: “If you’re wasting your life, say hi / if you’re alone tonight, say hi.” Even if you don’t want to say hi right back, you’ll probably have a hard time resisting that beat. Listen up while you wait for Always, dropping on Polyvinyl March 6.