Comprised of Sinosa Micik (vocals), Bobby Tamkin (drummer, production and songwriting), Devin Johnson (guitar), Lisa Fendelander (keyboards), Kyle Hines (bass), and Derek Muro (synths) Mar Vista, CA-based sextet Xu Xu Fang have developed a local and national profile for a dark and brooding post-punk and goth-inspired sound reminiscent of 4AD Records heyday, The Cure and others; in fact, the Mar Vista, CA-based sextet has received praise from the likes of The Los Angeles Times, who dubbed the band “local innovators,” MOJO praised their debut 12 inch single “These Days,” and a cover of David Bowie’s “China Girl” for a Bowie tribute album, Rolling Stone praised “Noir State Beach,” which I wrote about some time ago, a critically praised cover of The Cure’s “Fascination Street” was a mainstay on Jonesy’s Jukebox and their Seven Days Now EP landed at number 1 on Amazon’s Trip Hop albums chart. Adding to a growing profile, the band has seen airplay on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and has seen several songs appear on major TV series — including the CW‘s Gossip Girl, The Originals, and A&E‘s Bates Motel among others.
Xu Xu Fang’s long-awaited full-length debut Daylong Secret was released the other day through The Sound Ranch, and the album’s latest single “I Crave” features Queens of the Stone Age‘s Michael Shuman contributing bass and vocals in a murky yet seductive song that sounds like a much more muscular and propulsive version of The Cure as Micik’s ethereal cooing is paired with a throbbing and forceful motorik groove, angular guitar stabs, four-on-the-floor drumming and swirling electronics. The song evokes ominous and malevolent spirits lurking and lingering about in an inescapable fashion.
The recently released music video features the members of the band wearing incredibly creepy-looking masks and performing the song in a murky, smoke-machine and ambient light filled dungeon-like room, and it further emphasizes the murky and malevolent feel of the song.