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Song of the day – 98: Woom

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Holy crap!

(The following is taken from Drowned In Sound.)

Xiu Xiu’s tourmates, Woom, are tremendous, right now. In fact, they’re so obviously Everett True’s Favourite New Band in the World, someone should tell him. Yes, the net result of their influences (or, more accurately, their raw intuition) ends up somewhere like Young Marble Giants, but it’s our YMG, for the 21st century (actual influences, according to Sara: Terry Riley, Bridget Fontaine, 1970s performance art guru Jerome Rothenberg). Between them, Sara and Eben clack woodblocks, manipulate samples, and drive around massive blasts of bass the way Scout Niblett plays drums. Vocal hooks and melodic guitar lines are dropped in periodically, but more like samples than the bones of the songs. They’re NOT, in any respect, “amniotic” – they sculpt space, as in air, with sounds that are staccato, irregular, angular, never liquid. Their best “songs” sound like the moment that ideas came together for Thriller, or “Into the Groove(y)”, the Sonic Youth version. Having moved in sync, improvising dances more like Tai Chi, the pair finally harmonize on a song as pretty, perfect, and effortless, as Beat Happening’s “Indian Summer”. There’s a rush to the back of the room to ask Howdyoudothat?!

Well, thank you Alexander Tudor.

For the record, I don’t hear much Young Marble Giants or Calvin Johnson. Folk always erroneously assume that because something is minimal or quiet it automatically sounds like something else minimal or quiet. That’s like assuming Iron Maiden sound like Swans sound like Afrirampo sound like Oasis because they’re loud… this is way more weird Americana than early 80s spooked Gothic, but kudos to Alexander for thinking of me. I certainly do hear ‘Into The Groove(y)’ though, and a touch of Clive Pig and Miu Miu, some Holly Golightly and former Careless Talk Costs Lives cover stars Young People even. Sara’s list of ‘actual’ influences seem spot on to me, actually. I can imagine the dancing, the fun, the woodblocks – atmospherics, and a sound that is not tied even vaguely to one era. I guess you could call it cute, but only because it’s melodic and inventive and sweetly surreal and wonderfully, blissfully refreshing.

The music does all that Alexander claims for it above, and more.

Here, have a listen. Someone’s promised me some MP3s, but till then I’d recommend ‘The Hunt’ from their MySpace page.

So are they my Favourite New Band in the World right now? Damn straight.

Damn straight.

2 Responses to Song of the day – 98: Woom

  1. EverettTrue July 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Jo said…
    Oooh, interesting. Not sure if it’s love at first click, but I think I’ll be checking out more. 🙂

    JUNE 8, 2010 5:38 PM
    (from Facebook)

    Robin Edwards
    so good!!!
    Yesterday at 09:26 ·

    Dee Jay
    yeah its all good till they start with the vocals.. is the chick from tht band that had the racist friend??? from the 80’s..
    Yesterday at 10:24 ·

    Dee Jay
    special aka.. i think they were called..
    Yesterday at 10:24 ·

    JUNE 9, 2010 3:22 PM
    (from Facebook)

    André Medeiros
    amazing!
    Yesterday at 16:44 ·

    Laurie Henzel
    Nice find! I like it, her voice reminds me of Solex a bit
    Yesterday at 22:55

  2. Paul January 2, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Woom are a reminder that there is a better world, a world far removed from the manufactured x-factorised puppets we are force fed by an industry that died from the neck up years ago. It’s also great to see Clive Pigg get a name check.

    Paul
    aka The Devil Has The Best Tuna

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