femchord throwback: Keeping Her Artistry in Flux, Xenia Rubinos Puts Words First on ‘Black Terry Cat’

In 2016, we spoke with Xenia Rubinos about capturing something true in the world, and reflecting it back. Her album Black Terry Cat does just that—her music isn’t necessarily political, but she captures insightful observations about the world in song. The insightful ingenuity that weaves through her 2016 album comes from a songwriting tactic that’s new to her: putting lyrics first.

On this throwback episode she talks about her ever-changing creative process, how she arrived at the fusion of contemplative commentary and playful sound that dominates her album, and the responsibility she feels in using her music to speak about the world.


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Graphic created with photo courtesy of Xenia Rubinos.

Author: femchord