XENO & OAKLANDER are featured in:
Xeno and Oaklander, “Sets and Lights”
A Brooklyn boy-girl duo, a basement full of vintage synths, and a rush of gloomwave mirror moves.
John Foxx and Xeno and Oaklander explain to Louis Pattison why they just can’t get enough of analogue synthesisers … even if they do catch fire while you’re playing them.
World premiere – T Magazine: Videophiles | Xeno & Oaklander’s ‘The Staircase’ The new video by the synth pop group, which makes is U.S. premiere on The Moment today, epitomizes the cool aesthetic of the underground minimal electronics movement.
Full 16 page editorial featuring Xeno & Oaklander
GQ – NEW YORK CITY – featuring Xeno & Oaklander
ARTROCKER - JOHN FOXX WEEK: XENO & OAKLANDER PAY TRIBUTE
SELF-TITLED, THE BEST OF THE YEAR 2010
Xeno & Oaklander list their top 6 releases of the year: Nagamatzu ‘LIFT OFF’, Automelodi ‘LIMITE MALADE’, Further Reductions ‘NOT UNKNOWN’, Frank (just Frank) ‘THE CLOSET SONG’, She past away ‘KASVETLI KUTLAMA’, Epee du bois ‘BODIES’
AMOEBA RECORDS, US – XENO & OAKLANDER INTERVIEW by BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT, February 15, 2010
THE QUIETUS, UK – REVIEW by LOUIS PATTISON, January 13, 2010
SELF-TITLED, US ‘SENTINELLE’ LP REVIEW, January 15, 2010
NME, UK, FEATURE BY LOUIS PATTISON, August 29, 2009
OTHER MUSIC, NY – ‘SENTINELLE’ LP REVIEW by SCOTT MOU, November 18, 2009
After several self-released CD-Rs, compilation appearances and countless live shows, Wierd label vets Miss Liz Wendlebo (Xeno and Staccato) and Sean McBride (Martial Canterel, Three to Forgotten) have finally unleashed their much-anticipated “official” debut album. Years in the making and done entirely live in the studio on nothing but authentic vintage analog equipment, Sentinelle is marked by a spine-tingling collision of extreme analog synth-wave beat structures and coldly romantic, dramatic melodies, sheathed in sheets of raw sound. If you’ve heard previous Xeno and Martial Canterel releases you might be happy to know that although the dark OMD and Xymox qualities are still there (see the soaring “Saracen” and the beautiful “Shadow World”), there is also a French coldwave-meets-Kraftwerk element in tracks like “Werke,” “Toho Picture” and the cavernous “Another,” which has a vibe similar to Death in June’s “All Alone in Her Nirvana.” There’s also a touch of dark, macabre romance in the powerful title track, the slow, epic “Rendezvouz D’or” and the beautiful, icy album closer “Vagabond,” while the excellent vocal trades between Wendlebo and McBride throughout the album (singing both in English and French) gives a newfound edge to their sound. The time and effort put into this record really comes through; it is surprising and wonderful to hear such complexity and power from a project that was in need of so few improvements! Still pure. Still raw. Still cold. Excellent work.
-Scott Mou (November 18, 2009)