catalogue

XENO & OAKLANDER

PAR AVION (GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)

XENO & OAKLANDER - PAR AVION 73042
format:
1 LP
release:
27.06.2014
label:
GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL
item ID:
73042
barcode:
0804297821818
This summer, Brooklyn girl/boy duo XENO & OAKLANDER bring their minimal electronic sounds to Ghostly International with new album "Par Avion", their first for the label.

The album's title is a reference to postcards - it translates as "by plane", and was used to mark airmail sent from exotic places.

The songs are postcards of love for a cold age - shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, and love mementos for the future.

Together, they make up an album of contrasts - the songs move from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark.

Wendelbo's whispery vocals are sung in both French and English, calling to mind Jane Birkin and Fran├žoise Hardy.

Again, there's a contrast between dark and light - the alluring, tropical warmth of Wendelbo's vocals is juxtaposed against duo's signature icy cold, ultra-modern synth sounds.

Those sounds have a new component for Par Avion - synth wizard Sean McBride uses an analogue Serge modular synth to create washes of sound that recall '90s shoegaze.

The result is an album that stimulates and fascinates throughout, a rich feast for all the senses, a world to get lost in again and again.