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Liars â€“ Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross â€“ have announced further details of their eagerly awaited new album. Titled WIXIW (pronounced â€œwish youâ€), the 11-track album will be preceded by a single, No.1 Against The Rush.
WIXIW is released on Mute on 4 June 2012 and is their sixth studio album and the follow up to 2010â€™s critically lauded Sisterworld (The Quietusâ€™ Album of the Year, #9 in the NMEâ€™s Albums of the Year who said of the album â€œâ€¦this incredible album is your passport to a better place.â€).
Liars will return to Europe for live dates including Field Day â€“ 2 June, and a series of intimate shows, including Londonâ€™s XOYO â€“ 12 June and Manchesterâ€™s Ruby Lounge â€“ 15 June (full list below).
The title, WIXIW, is explained by Angus Andrew, â€œâ€™wish youâ€™ is a familiar and universal sentiment of longing and hope, but when misspelt becomes uniquely shrouded and difficult to interpret, which in many ways is representative of our music and the songs we wrote for this albumâ€.
He continues, â€œthe word being a palindrome offered us some comfort, and came from superstitious behavior that was the result of extreme uncertainty and doubt. The word and spelling struck us because it seemed to exude a special quality or power.â€
Recorded in LA, self-produced by the band with additional production from Daniel Miller and mixed by Tom Biller, the album, is hard to shake, tough to pin down, and impossible to get out of oneâ€™s head even after an initial listen. Simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging release from these iconoclasts, it is both a summation of Liarsâ€™ work up to now, and a complete break from anything youâ€™d ever heard the band do previously.
â€œIf we arenâ€™t confusing people, itâ€™s not us,â€ Andrew laughs. â€œIf we arenâ€™t confusing ourselves with what we do, then weâ€™ve failed.â€
The Exact Colour Of Doubt
No.1 Against The Rush
A Ring On Every Finger
Ill Valley Prodigies
His And Mine Sensations
Flood To Flood
Who Is The Hunter
Annual Moon Words