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TOPIARY OUT NOW! NEW XENO & OAKLANDER ALBUM

“It’s a warm breath against your neck when you’re bracing against an ice storm.” – Pitchfork

 

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3uPcCyFrXLkQ7NJLVkQ6J4
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/topiary/id1098305003


Half-moon limited vinyl, standard black vinyl, cd + digital available at The Ghostly Store: 

http://www.theghostlystore.com/collections/music/products/topiary

NPR – ‘MARBLE’ VIDEO


In Xeno & Oaklander’s ‘Marble’ Video, All That Glitters Is Not Glamour

April 26, 2016 by LARS GOTRICH • Xeno & Oaklander’s detached synth-pop paradoxically feels like it’s right beside you. The duo’s fifth album, Topiary, doesn’t alter X&O’s modular circuits too much, but does place its vocal priority with Liz Wendelbo. With gorgeously layered sequences and a rubber-band drum-machine beat, “Marble” is deceptively all moody atmosphere, but Wendelbo’s voice drips and warps like a Dali painting, giving the song elastic movement.

In the video for “Marble,” director Scott Kiernan envisions a ’70s variety show, complete with a long microphone and a disco-ball blazer. Wendelbo sings as bandmate Sean McBride films, and from there the watcher becomes the watched becomes the watcher. It’s weirdly voyeuristic, making the fabulous a little gritty. Kiernan explains:

Liz acts as the symbol of the televised chanteuse photographed and rephotographed, who observes her own image while being observed. She is both producer and that which is produced, and is able to relive an image of glamour through playback of her televised self.
As interlopers between the world in front of and behind the camera, Liz and Sean both “perform,” and perform the labor of producing their own image. What they find is that even this often-unseen mechanism of the studio (responsible for creating so many images while often only existing for the viewer in their collective imagination) can be nothing more than an image itself when actually made visible by its own lens.
The text cues are derived from the lyrics, but are used to evoke TV production cues. They are often timed a bit before their corresponding lyric as if to direct the next action on screen. These same flashes of text are often intentional “mishearings” of the lyrics, or puns which can be taken to signify a production move in the studio.

Topiary comes out June 3 on Ghostly International.

NEW XENO & OAKLANDER SONG MARBLE

 

Taken from ‘Topiary’ LP by Xeno & Oaklander, out June 3, 2016.

Pre-order at The Ghostly Store: www.theghostlystore.com/products/topiary
Or at the retailer of your choice: Ghostly.lnk.to/xotopiary

‘MOVEMENTS’ NEW SINGLE BY XENO & OAKLANDER

‘MOVEMENTS’ is a new 35 minute ambient electronic piece by Xeno & Oaklander, commisioned by National Center for the Arts, Grenoble and Ecole du Magasin – FOR SALE ON GHOSTLY

XENO & OAKLANDER MOVEMENTS

XENO & OAKLANDER – MOVEMENTS

 

 

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LISTEN TO XENO & OAKLANDER’S NEW ALBUM PAR AVION

XENO & OAKLANDER PAR AVION TOUR

10.07 New York, NY @ The Kitchen
10.11 Riga, LV @ Muzikas Nams Daile
10.12 Krakow, PL @ Hotel Cracovia
10.14 Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
10.15 Stuttgart / Esslingen, DE @ Komma
10.17 Berlin, DE @ SO36
10.18 Marghera / Venice, IT @ Phobic Club
10.20 Zagreb, HR @ Mocvara
10.21 Belgrade, RS @ Drugstore
10.23 Bratislava, SK @ A4
10.24 Vienna, AT @ Rhiz
10.25 Prague, CZ @ Basement Bar
10.26 St. Gallen, CH @ Grabenhalle
10.27 Essen, DE @ Tempel Bar
10.28 Antwerp, BE @ Der Kleine Hedonist
10.29 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
10.30 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
10.31 Toulouse, FR @ La Derniere Chance
11.01 Barcelona, ES @ Nau Ivanow
11.02 Valencia, ES @ La Residencia
11.03 Madrid, ES @ Boite
11.07 Rome, IT @ Fusolab 2

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