La Foret (2005) Unquestionably unconventional, these indie darlings from San Jose, Calif., Xiu Xiu, once again bring an uncanny poignancy to their chorus of chaos on their fourth… 2005-07-12 Xiu Xiu Indie Rock
Music Review

La Foret (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 12, 2005; Lead Performance: Xiu Xiu; Genre: Indie Rock

Unquestionably unconventional, these indie darlings from San Jose, Calif., Xiu Xiu, once again bring an uncanny poignancy to their chorus of chaos on their fourth full-length, La Forêt. ''Pox'' and ''Muppet Face'' set Jamie Stewart's plaintive whisper and delicate acoustic strums to a cacophony of lo-fi synths, kitchenware clangs, and otherworldly blips and whirls for an experience that's at times quaintly dreamy, at others spastically nightmarish. Imagine Bright Eyes fed through a meat grinder — but in a good way.

Originally posted Jul 15, 2005 Published in issue #830 Jul 22, 2005 Order article reprints