La Foret 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… La Foret 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
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