Yesterday (March 27), Xiu Xiu returned with a new album of duets called OH NO, featuring Chelsea Wolfe, Alice Bag, Owen Pallett, Twin Shadow, and more. The LP includes ‘Sad Mezcalita’, a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten that has just received a new music video. The visual features a cameo from Van Etten and was directed by Xiu Xiu’s Angela Seo. Watch it below.
In a statement, Seo explained that the noir style of the video serves as “tribute to the loss, crime, bleakness, dreams, and tensions” present in the song. Jamie Stewart added:
Angela said to me, “you never write love songs.” This song tried to do that and failed. To me, it became about how the fear of someone you love being killed or kidnapped or lost in the desert leads to a possessed certainty of those very fates. Wanting and needing and actually feeling love for someone when you know all along that it will end in the worst way imaginable. Sharon seemed like the only person I knew who could pull this conflict off without hesitation. The title is taken from a line in the Otis Redding song “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” which is a love song that did not fail in its intent, but is still sad.
Xiu Xiu’s previous album was 2019’s Girl With Basket of Fruit.