By Patrick Larsen
Xenia Rubinos is a Brooklyn-based musician who released her second album, Black Terry Cat, last year. The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews, such as and 8.0/10 rating from respected music publication Pitchfork.
I was recently lucky enough to be able to sit down with her for an interview before her show on March 6 at Kings in Raleigh.
The interview started with a discussion about her new album, which was quite commonly revered as a political work about the struggles of minorities in the United States.
“I am talking about my personal experience,” said Rubinos. “I’m making some reflections on societal things; income inequality, the experience of being a person of color in America, being a woman, image issues.”
“I think that perhaps since there are maybe fewer people who look like me or have my background that are given a chance to tell their story then people call my story political.”
Rubinos later talked about the problems that arise with music’s need for definition.
“That’s intrinsic when talking about music,” said Rubinos. “You’re going to be put into categories and boxes.”
“Our identities are more complex than one box that you can check off. That’s why those categories are challenging.”
Rubinos said that she wanted to move in a more specific and personal direction with this album, a move that she thinks helped people connect with her music.
“The little things are the most exciting.”