Boomkat Product Review:
Prayers are answered with this long awaited, fully-available edition of Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks: the American noise pop experimenter’s reinterpretations of Badalamenti and Lynch’s timelessly haunting soundtrack; originally commissioned by Australia’s Gallery of Modern Art for their David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition, and previously issued on RSD ’16.
We’re sure everyone has their fantasy candidate for such a project, and to be honest we’d never considered Xiu Xiu on our list, but they make a good go of it, with a noisy temperament natural to their aesthetic that bites in all the right places.
Whilst originally conceived as a live production, the band - Jamie Stewart (voice, guitar, synth, drum machine) with Shayna Dunkelman (drums, vibes, synth) Angela Seo (piano, synth, cymbal) and Jherek Bischoff (bass guitar, double bass, production) - headed straight to the studio after the initial live shows to record what you see and hear before you.
In 12 parts they draw the paranormal quintessence of Twin Peaks into their own, rawer, punkier world, re-framing its evocative hooks, themes and motifs in starker settings, luring Laura Palmer’s Theme into more overgrown, brambly woods, and replacing the naif élan of Julee Cruise with weathered, wizened vocals on Into The Night and a drizzly, cracked take of Falling, whilst Audrey’s Dance is like a distorted, muddy puddle reflection of its former self, and Dance Of The Dream Man rasps like whiskey bile tasted in the middle of a ‘mare.
Shame there’s no take on The Bookhouse Boys, but it’s a very worthy showing otherwise.