The Pixies are back -- again.
After touring its classic material for several years as a kind of hipster oldies act, the hugely influential alt-rock band finally put out some new music last September in the form of the four-song "EP-1."
The only problem? It wasn't any good, at least apart from "Another Toe in the Ocean," with Black Francis' dreamy vocal melody floating over the kind of serrated noise-pop guitar that the Pixies practically invented.
Early Friday, though, the band released another batch of new songs, and this one might be worth getting excited about.
Like its predecessor, "EP-2" -- available from the group's website as a download or a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl record -- contains four fresh tunes, these recorded in Wales in October with Gil Norton, the British producer who oversaw some of the Pixies' best work during the band's initial go-round.
"I went to make the vivisection / Saw the star carved upon her chest," he sings, going on to describe a "goat of lust attacking heaven." His accompaniment is more vivid, too, than it was on "EP-1," with sleazy trash-rock guitar and a fat cowbell-enriched beat.
Listen to "Blue Eyed Hexe" below, but be aware that the YouTube clip contains some medical imagery that some viewers might find disturbing.