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Indie Cindy

Album: Indie Cindy
# Song Title   Time
1)    What Goes Boom
2)    Greens and Blues
3)    Indie Cindy
4)    Bagboy
5)    Magdalena 318
6)    Silver Snail
7)    Blue Eyed Hexe
8)    Ring the Bell
9)    Another Toe in the Ocean
10)    Andro Queen
11)    Snakes
12)    Jaime Bravo
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jeremy Dubs (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Dan Austin; Gil Norton.
  • Recording information: Rockfield Studios, Wales; Sonelab, Easthampton; The Autumn Den, Northampton.
  • Illustrators: Ian Pollock; Michael Speed.
  • Unlike the slew of legendary acts -- including My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada, and Daft Punk -- who surprised fans with new albums in 2013, Pixies emerged from their lengthy recording hiatus more cautiously. By releasing a series of EPs that were eventually collected as Indie Cindy for 2014's Record Store Day, the band eased fans into their new material. In some ways, the album feels like what the band would be doing two decades on from their peak even if they hadn't taken a break. Aside from "Snakes," which tempers the biblical post-punk of their early work into something resigned instead of vengeful, most of these songs continue the sci-fi riff rock of the band's later albums and Frank Black's first two solo albums (producer Gil Norton even suggested that the bandmembers pretend that they'd spent their hiatus touring in outer space). "Blue Eyed Hexe," a rocker in the mold of "U-Mass," proves Black Francis' scream is still spine-tingling. "What Goes Boom" sounds like a beefier version of "Alec Eiffel," while "Indie Cindy"'s mix of shouty, stream-of-consciousness verses and dreamy interludes recalls Frank Black's "Los Angeles" more than his Pixies work. The least contrived songs are the best: "Magdalena" creates tension between its heavy guitars and soft vocals in a way that's less expected, and more interesting, than the band's famed loud-quiet-loud dynamics. Meanwhile, "Greens and Blues" combines the album's spacy motif with heartfelt songwriting and lyrical guitar work from Joey Santiago, who also helps elevate "Jaime Bravo" and "Ring the Bell." ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The ballads] truly evoke the Pixies - especially 'Greens and Blues' and 'Andro Queen,' where Frank Black travels through space to find crush-worthy alien girls."

Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band have the audacity to sound their collective age, downplaying the piss and vinegar of their?salad days and offering a new batch of slower, more thoughtful and melodic songs."

CMJ - "[I]f you're looking to satisfy a 23-year-long craving for the Pixies' unparalleled weirdness and alt-rock mastery, then you'll be excited to give it a listen."
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