Stream Pixies' First Album in 23 Years, Indie Cindy

Slate's Culture Blog
April 21 2014 9:17 PM

Stream Pixies' First Album in 23 Years, Indie Cindy

485709235-musician-frank-black-of-the-pixies-performs-onstage
Black Francis finally got the band back together.

Katie Stratton/Getty Images for Coachella

Over the weekend, Pixies released a brand-new single, "Women of War," with a special edition of Indie Cindy, their first album in 23 years. Today the band continued that generosity, uploading the entire album online for streaming in advance of its April 28 release date.

Unlike "Women of War," Indie Cindy won't sound new to fans: the record is really just a compilation of the band's three most recent EPs (the creatively titled EP1, EP2, and EP3), all of which were released in the past year. It's also understandable that some of those fans have met the album with muted praise—given their stature in the alternative scene, Pixies could hardly satisfy all expectations, and they wouldn't be the first newly-reunited band to churn out blander, more vanilla iterations of previously progressive material.

Advertisement

But Indie Cindy is not some ill-advised swan song: these tracks form a thematic whole, and cuts like "Ring the Bell" and "Bagboy" add new textures to the band's abrasive surf-pop sound. Their idiosyncratic, lyrical alt-rock still packs some serious punch, even with the absence of original bassist and fan favorite Kim Deal. Some of the songs below may even seem of a piece with Pixies' classic back catalog—Gil Norton, who helped the band with DoolittleBossanova, and Trompe Le Monde, produced the album. 

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat. You can follow him on Twitter

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?