Unclouded Sky

Xiu Xiu - Unclouded Sky
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2014 Ratings: #305
April 19, 2014 / Release Date
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Xiu Xiu’s spins only ever enters a catatonic state on “Unclouded Sky”, a minimal group of field-recordings and folky spirituals. This record is the most relaxing and subdued of their discography, giving it an interesting and different charm that sets it apart from the rest. It’s a pleasant surprise coming from an era of the collective that I’m not too fond of.

Color: Grey
FAV TRACKS: I’ll Fly Away, Lonesome Valley, Church in the Wildwood, Wreck on the ... read more
This is a heartbreaking, emotional release from Xiu Xiu, very far astray from their previous releases, it's folk for god sake. It's emotional, it's real. It's really good. The album gets darker as it goes on, starting off cheerily, but slowly becoming more and more brooding.

Favourite Tracks: Blood of the Lamb, I'll Fly Away, Lonesome Valley, All fo' You, Just as I am
Weakest Tracks: Church in the Wildwood
A collection of spirituals, so gracefully retouched with a stripped-down folky force, that makes the soul crash.
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Track List

  1. (Demerara)
  2. Blood of the Lamb
  3. (Berbice)
  4. I'll Fly Away
  5. (Kaieteur)
  6. Lonesome Valley
  7. (Essequibo)
  8. Wreck on the Highway
  9. (Rupununi)
  10. Church in the Wildwood
  11. (Cuyuni)
  12. Unclouded Sky
  13. (Kanuku)
  14. All fo' You
  15. (Guiana)
  16. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
  17. (Pomeroon)
  18. Just As I Am
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