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Xiu Xiu - "Botanica de Los Angeles"

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvVJMllJo0M Xiu Xiu has made plenty of videos in support of their great (but naturally polarizing) new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom - lead single "Stupid in the Dark" first got a really gritty one, followed by a Pornhub-hosted one for "Black Dick," another NSWF, S&M-themed one for "El Naco," and then two surprisingly inoffensive ones for "Lawrence Liquors."

Thankfully, Xiu Xiu have continued going in a safe-for-work direction with their latest video, for the warm, oddly triumphant penultimate track "Botanica de Los Angeles." It features twitchy, cubistic animation and it kind of reminds me of David Lynch's early animation. It's really neat!

I've been fine with the band's more explicit, on-the-nose expression of Angel Guts' unsavory subject matters - although the visuals are repulsive, Jamie and co. are displaying a level of commitment to direction and aesthetic I've always wanted to see from them. Still, it's nice seeing them get back to the more creative and abstract approach to conveying these themes, as they've done to fine effect for past projects. However, they hinted a while back at a video for "Adult Friends," and things could get NSFW with that video real fast - let's hope nobody gets down and dirty with a pig for it.

Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl. Check out our review of it below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzO5rysgAQs