Jamie Stewart on this song:
It is rare, if ever, that I would describe a Xiu Xiu song as populist, but I think “Hi” fits into that notion. While it came from a series of e-mails from a friend while she was coming to terms with how physically and sexually abusive her childhood and current relationships were, even though it is her singular experience, it is not an uncommon one. It was one that I had as well, and while we talked to each other, it became very clear that there could be a certain community and bond that can be made knowing that feeling a hurt that profound is not isolated. It is everywhere and felt by almost everyone. Even though it is by definition awful, there can be something graceful and wonderful in giving that side of intimate heartache a nod and a kiss.