A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features Newswire TV Club
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

Xenia Rubinos captures a summer breeze in a song

In Hear ThisA.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. This week, with June just heating up, we asked: What song says “summer” to you so far this year?

Is it possible to sing along with a song when there aren’t really any words? It feels a little sillier than actual words, but it’s damn fun to intone along with Brooklyn’s Xenia Rubinos on “Whirlwind,” a short, sharp blast of percussion and beautiful, breathless mouth noises. Rubinos covered Talking Heads for A.V. Undercover last week, and started off with what we at first thought were vocal exercises, but turned out to be her own wordless spin on the song. On “Whirlwind,” Rubinos and drummer Marco Buccelli sound like a down-to-earth version of Björk, all gorgeous and weird but never floating too far into the ether. The video for “Whirlwind” offers a perfectly herky-jerky visual accompaniment, too: It’s just the duo chopped up and scooting around their van. It’s not even the most representative song on the excellent new Magic Trix, but it sure is fun to participate in.