Leigh MichaelTuesday,7 January 2014

The Snap:

Last week, the Pixies announced the release of four brand spankin’ new songs in the form of EP 2. The band, who released the fantastically awful EP1 last fall, has been on something of a music kick lately; their last EP release was in 1987.

The songs were recorded in 2012 by Rockville Studios in Wales and feature special artwork by Vaughan Oliver.

The Download:

We may all remember the Pixies solely based on “Where Is My Mind?,” and montages of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton facing off in Fight Club. We all probably forget about a lot of their other material — and this isn’t a testament to their talent, it’s simply due to the fact that they’ve been mum for the greater part of three decades.

After listening to the failure that was EP1, I was hesitant to listen to more of the Pixies’ material. Should I just stick with the band’s lone song that’s on my iPod? Is the reason that they’ve been so silent for the past few decades because they’re sort of crappy musicians who had a one hit wonder?

I liked EP 2 more than I thought I would. I know that this is hardly a glowing review. I do like aspects of each song; “Blue Eyed Hexe” (which you can watch below) has some moments that I love, followed by some moments that make me want to turn the volume down. “Snakes” feels fun — but a little bit incomplete. Each of the four songs has a puzzle piece missing, and it’s keeping the tracks from feeling whole ().

I enjoyed the songs much more after reading the Pixies’ commentary on the four songs. I’d give it a look, then have a listen; it definitely adds to the appreciation of the EP as a whole.

All in all, a decent album. But I don’t think we’ll ever get a song that hits the caliber of the undeniably epic “Where Is My Mind?” from this band again ().

By the way, here’s a completely unrelated (but nonetheless awesome) kickass interview starring Rainn Wilson and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. Enjoy, folks!

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