Well well, we always hoped for it, and it has happened. Indie Cindy is the new album of iconic Pixies, and it is long overdue. It is the first album since Trompe Le Monde in 1991, and is compiled from EPs released in the last 18 months or so.
First track, ‘What Goes Boom’ is a great opener, it blew my head off but left me wanting the sweet caress of the following tracks, ‘Green and Blues’ and title track ‘Indie Cindy’.
There are some moments that you may have to double take and think, is this new material? ‘Bagboy’ is one such tune – The signature slap echo on Mr Black Francis spoken word vox and the big room snare and kick combo make me question the creativity of Pixies and producer Gil Norton. Then I swiftly realise, “they’re the fucking Pixies, they own this shit!”.
As a major fan of bassist Kim Deal, I can’t say that it feels perfect. Although it is f’n killer, to me there is a piece missing. ( there is a weird imitation of a Kim backing vocal track that kinda sounds like Black Francis, pitch shifted. I’m happy to stand corrected on this. )
But I can’t tell you how good it feels to hear those strange chord choices and time signature phrases that Pixies are known for and no-one else has mastered since.There is essence of coming home when listening to Indie Cindy. ‘Ring the Bell’ and ‘Snakes’ really shows how solid song writing always wins, and no amount of over produced introverted bedroom techno can beat it.
Thanks Pixies. I feel at one with the world once more.
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