New Xiu Xiu Video – “Dear God, I Hate Myself” (Stereogum Premiere)
Jamie Stewart’s bleak, evocative art-pop’s always had an element of catharsis, a figurative purging about it. As of today it also has an element of literal purging about it. Here he is talking about his (great) new album’s title track:
The title came from a night a literally being on my knees and speaking these words in a prayer to God. It is about the tension between feeling hopeless but also feeling as if spiritual love is possible and there for you if you want it. The drum programming is a result of 1,000 hours of tiny, tiny edits and ruminations. However, the lyrics in a rare, present instance came all at once in about five minutes.
What he doesn’t say is that the track’s synth-injected gothic bleep and thump was done primarily on a Nintendo DS. He also didn’t mention Xiu Xiu’s new full-time member Angela Seo, who is credited for the record with “piano, synth, and drum programming,” although that leaves out the very special skill she’s showcasing in the video for “Dear God, I Hate Myself”: self-induced vomiting. Meanwhile, true to another track’s title (“Chocolate Makes You Happy”), Jamie contentedly munches a Hershey’s by her side. Polarity in motion. Be warned. Now watch:
Dear God, I Hate Myself is out 2/23 via Kill Rock Stars.
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