Xiu Xiu

“El Naco” is up there with “Support Our Troops” and “I Luv Abortion” in Xiu Xiu’s discography in terms of pure discomfort factor. It’s a dissonant, ugly song and now there is a fittingly unsettling video for it that continues the band’s recent trend of premiering videos in atypical places. While the porn and kittens mash-up of “Black Dick” first showed up on Pornhub and the murder-obsessed video for “Stupid In The Dark” debuted on an even filthier site, this John Clark-directed video for “El Naco” premiered by the horror movie blog Bloody Disgusting. It’s a tamer video than those in terms of violence and sex, but is arguably the most unsettling one of the three. Focusing on a BDSM scene between two people, most of the disturbing stuff is implied and edited to cut away at just the right time (something that was done first and best by Psycho, though a similar technique in Takashi Miike’s Audition seems like the more appropriate influence). Although there are plenty of times Xiu Xiu have transcended public assumptions about something and found beauty in it, this video is pure horror movie creep.

Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl.

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