On The Creekbeds On The Thrones (Ginkgo Records) LP

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On the Creekbeds On the Thrones is the second LP by XV [Emily Roll, Claire Cirocco, Shelley Salant], a limitless, fiery, deep-breath of a record. Where their 2019 debut had a startling, first-kiss energy, ‘Creekbeds’ is reflective, momentous, poetic. Textures multiply, evoking both the endlessness of sky and the terror of a bottomless well. There’s a daring sort of faith in these songs, the way the three members trust in the resonance and persistence and joy built into each song and the way they trust in each other. This faith provides a tender, messy space for thoughts, feelings, outbursts, joys, and sadnesses. The observations made on this record – from petty irritations to existential crises – are articulated in a way that feels always like solidarity, never like whining. Paired with the tumbling snarl of the instruments, the songs project a kind of clumsy telepathy, a heartfelt exchange that is both confrontational and deeply welcoming. - Ethan Swan

“I do identify as unhinged and feral in the creative space and on many occasions” – Emily Roll

“It is always changing, always in the moment” – Claire Cirocco

“I don’t understand what Claire or Emily are doing, but it works when we play together” – Shelley Salant