Xiu Xiu

As you can tell by the title, the latest effort from experimental indie rock act Xiu Xiu isn’t going be 2010’s most uplifting album, but it may be one of the most sonically satisfying. Produced by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Dear God, I Hate Myself sees Xiu Xiu mastermind Jamie Stewart fully realizing his band’s sound on the swirling, orchestral opener “Gray Death” and skewed, symphonic “The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation.” Oh, and if that weren’t impressive enough, the haunting, Morrissey-esque title track is just one of four songs that was composed primarily on a Nintendo DS, proving that if you’re driven enough, then 64 bits is all you need to craft the soundtrack to your own personal catharsis.

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