The Cinefamily @ the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles have invited Xiu Xiu to come along and perform an original score for Shiroda’s 1975 film ‘Under The Blossoming Cherry Trees’. This show will also feature a sneak peek of Mila Zuo and Angela Seo’s new short film exploring the dark undercurrents of Asian fetish, Carnal Orient. Feat. a score by Angela Seo. See HERE for more info.
Also, earlier this year experimental post-punk band Xiu Xiu were commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art in Australia to provide a new interpretation of the music from Twin Peaks, emphasising its chaos and drama, for a special performance accompanying the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition. It was a great success and so the band decided to take the show on the road and have recently added two new dates in Moscow. See full list of dates HERE.
“The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the ‘purity’ of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Badalamenti and Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players.”
Catch Peter Broderick on tour from August. Dates are below!
02 Aug – Standon Calling, Hertforshire
13 Aug – St Giles in-the-Fields, London
14 Aug – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
15 Aug – Four Bars at Dempseys, Cardiff
16 Aug – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17 Aug – The Bicycle Shop, Norwich
18 Aug – Burgess Foundation, Manchester
20 Aug – Green Man Festival, Powys
With their new album Depression Cherry due for release 28th August on Bella Union, today BEACH HOUSE unveil ‘Sparks‘, the enthralling first single from this much-anticipated LP. The track is streaming via the link below and is now available via iTunes, Spotify etc.
Depression Cherry was produced and recorded by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The album is available for preorder now via iTunes. LP and CD versions of the album will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve.
Beach House will be embarking on an extensive North American and European tour from August through to December which will reach the UK for the below four dates. For the entire tour read down the email…
Monday 26 October – GLASGOW – ABC
Tuesday 27 October – MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Friday 30 October – LONDON - Shepherds Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Saturday 31 October - LONDON - Shepherds Bush Empire
About Beach House…
Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death.
In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.
Here are a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record:
— “I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.” - from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
— “We inhabit a world in which the future promises endless possibilities and the past lies irretrievably behind us. The arrow of time… is the medium of creativity in terms of which life can be understood.” – from The Arrow of Time by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield
— “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” - from Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer
— “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, feel the air and see the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic……
….when the fog horn blows, i want to hear it, i don’t have to fear it” - from “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
Here is the tracklisting with selected lyrics.
1. Levitation – “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now, you will grow too quick, then you will get over it”
2. Sparks – “It’s a gift, taken from the lips, you live again”
3. Space Song – “What makes this fragile world go ‘round, were you ever lost, was she ever found?”
4. Beyond Love – “They take the simple things inside you and put nightmares in your hands”
5. 10:37 – “ Here she comes, all parts of everything, stars in the motherhand”
6. PPP – “Did you see it coming, it happened so fast, the timing was perfect, water on glass…”
7. Wildflower – “What’s left you make something of it”
8. Bluebird – “I would not ever try to capture you”
9. Days of Candy – “I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you…… i want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you.”
For us, Depression Cherry is a colour, a place, a feeling, an energy… that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence…
Depression Cherry will be released 28th August on Bella Union (Sub Pop Records in North America). Global tour dates and new photo by Shawn Brackbill below…
Beach House Tour Dates…
Aug. 18 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Aug. 19 – Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug. 20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Aug. 21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Aug. 22 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s
Aug. 24 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Aug. 25 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Aug. 26 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall