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Xiu Xiu
Chapel of the Chimes (Absolutely Kosher Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Using indie-rock as a starting point, and propelled by the post-punk sound, Xiu Xiu's Chapel of the Chimes is an experimentation in rock, a dreary, oft-frightening collections of sounds and ideas melded together in a cold, abrasive package that takes some time to fully understand. Angular guitars, sparse percussion, faint sounds filling the air, and sometimes very little going on in the way of instrumentation. But it is the way they use space that makes Chapel of the Chimes work. If they didn't use space the way they do, the record would be a colossal collage of lackluster sounds. However, throw in some space and time it right, you have a record that will turn some heads. I'll give it a B-.
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