Xiu Xiu Releases Releases Music Video for "A Knife in the Sun"

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Following positive reviews for his new record Angel Guts: Red Classroom, Jamie Stewart's Xiu Xiu have unveiled another delightfully weird video for "A Knife In The Sun".

Directed by Diego Barrera, the video can be seen below!

Barrera described the video as "two journeys, from darkness to the light of sea (from masculinity to eternal feminity), and the awns of a patriarcal society (The Religion, The Clinic and The Armed Forces), in their path to (masculinization) self-destruction. The Alchemical Androgyne (The Hermafrodite / Rebis), ever present character in my videos, embodies my search in the androgenization rites, in this case a rite performed by indigenous tribes where a man makes a cut in his crotch as a symbol to inhabit in a woman body, to live in the middle of two imposed sexes.

A symbolic castration that I present as an invitation to "man" to reflect about his femininity.

The other character is basically my way of using the right of rebellion through art, to criticize religion which seek to control the souls, current clinic aims to control the body (based not on health but disease) and The Armed Forces as the top of a pyramid that ends up collapsed."
Xiu Xiu is also heading out on a North American tour with legendary art rockers Swans starting in June.

They'll also be performing a warm-up show at The Church on York in Lost Angeles on 4/23, with a full list of tour dates listed below

4/23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Church on York
6/17: Quebec, Canada @ Le Cercle
6/18: Montreal, Canada @ Theatre National
6/21: Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
6/22: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/24: St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
6/26: Dallas, TX @ Trees
6/27: Austin, TX @ Mohawk Austin
6/28: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs
6/30: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
7/1: Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
7/2: Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
7/5: Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
7/6: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place