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Pixies Release ‘EP-2,’ Video for Single ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’

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Those wily Pixies have dropped another surprise EP, this one called ‘EP-2,’ and like its predecessor, ‘EP-1,’ it’s a four-song set recorded in 2012 with longtime producer Gil Norton. Along with the new tunes — available in both digital and vinyl formats — the alt-rock legends have unveiled a video for ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe,’ the stomping rocker that kicks off the collection.

“It’s a tale from the northwest of the country and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song,” singer Black Francis says of the song, perhaps the gnarliest, most unhinged track Pixies have released since June 2013, when they began rolling out their first new songs in a decade. “That’s what a hexe is. And she’s a blue-eyed hexe!”

Directed by Mount Emult, the animated ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’ clip is a fast-paced barrage of cut-out images, among them flowers, brains and vintage pin-up models. It’s loud and jarring, just like Francis’ throat-shredding vocals.

Rounding out ‘EP-2′ are ‘Magdalena,’ ‘Greens and Blues’ and ‘Snakes,’ all of which Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering recorded after the departure of founding bassist Kim Deal. In the studio, bass duties fell to Simon Archer, aka Ding, but later this month, when the band embarks on a North American tour, Paz Lenchantin will handle low-end duties, filling a position previously held by Kim Shattuck.

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