Always Record Store Day, Xiu Xiu / Dirty Beaches.

Another one for those April 21st wishlists, this: Polyvinyl Records are to release a split 7" for this year's Record Store Day conjoining the distorted talents of Jamie Stewart and Alex Zhang Hungtai. Always saw Xiu Xiu delve into a superbly profound disconcertion and Stewart here covers Erasure's glam-camp number of the same name to equally subversive effect. His vocals reek of a genuine desperation, the acerbic rhythmic clatter that clutters its backdrop gloriously accenting said lunacy to conjure an end product that's just as upsetting as Andy Bell's stage presence.

Zhang Hungtai meanwhile opts to demonstrate "a little respect" toward multicultured Gallic polymath Fran├žoise Hardy with a claustrophobic, heady take on Tu Ne Dis Rien that could sit alongside Beak> at their most loony or Liars at their most berserk. A must.

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