7. Xiu Xiu – “Isobel”

Xiu Xiu On “Isobel”
“It is easy, I think, to miss Björk’s lyrics sometimes. Not because of any lack of shine on their part, but only because the production and orchestration on her songs is always so unique and wonderful. As much as I love the arrangement of ‘Isobel,’ it is the, as you might have guessed by now, the lyrics that have killed me. They are, at least as I read them, almost an inward transgendered desperate affirmation and fantasy moth love song.’When she does it she means to’ is such a powerstation of ‘fuck you, I am on a fit and rampage and destructive sex hyper revelation frenzy.’ In it, the line says ‘I know what I am doing, I know I have taken it too far, I know that I love my downward and upward spiral. BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ.’

For the music Gabrielle Athayde played about 30 minutes of improvised cello, which I edited/arranged in the computer. Ches Smith, wearing head phones, played drums along to an Okinawana folk music record. I bought a new microphone — that is, for this song appropriately, made of wood — and sang into it.”
- Jamie Stewart

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