Xiu Xiu have just shared the first cut from their upcoming December release, a full-length (their first on Graveyard Records) of Nina Simone covers, Nina.

"The idea came being back stage in Austin TX, opening for Swans and feeling like I did not play well," explains Stewart, who sings on every track. "Michael Gira and I had the night before talked about our mutual love for Nina Simone and how her intensity and crazy political truthfulness always pushed us to try harder. Nina Simone's singing is way over my head and while I was back stage feeling like I blew it that night, hearing the Swans be amazing and thinking of Nina made me want to not give up. The idea came from wanting to honor her, challenge myself to be better than I think I can be and to say thank you to music."

Listen below via Pitchfork.

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