XENO & OAKLANDER

Press Quotes

 

‘The duo’s fourth album Par Avion conducts itself with balletic grace. It’s elegant and pristine, a febrile flutter of rhythms, glinting sequences and pale, shimmering backdrops.’ – The Wire

 

‘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.’ – Boomkat

 

‘In a period when mainstream club music is going through a bombastic phase, Xeno & Oaklander’s music feels lighter than air, drifting like scent on a breeze. That comparison feels apposite. Many of these songs, Wendelbo explains, relate to her experiences with synaesthesia  and the sensuality displayed on ‘Nuage D’Ivoire’ – sung in her native French – and ‘Jasmine Nights’ hint at that Proustian experience of olfactory memory, in which scent or taste triggers a nostalgic reverie (Wendelbo is a perfumier who produces her own scents, and a limited vinyl edition of Par Avion will include a rose-scented art perfume insert.)’ – The Wire

 

‘Both Wendelbo and McBride sing, but fulfil rather different roles. She holds long, lightly sensual notes; he delivers his lines in hard staccato phrases that hint at repressed drama. He offers cold logic, charts ruptures and collapsed passageways; she travels far and wide, unlocks new universes, loses herself in a realm of the senses.’ – The Wire

 

‘These tracks represent intimate letters” – Clash Magazine

 

Philip SHERBURNE – Editor’s PICKS

http://www.rhapsody.com/blog/post/radio-editors-picks-electronica-dance

 

Tiny Mix Tapes – Q&A

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/xeno-oaklander

 

The WILD Mag – “Selector” Feature

http://thewildmagazine.com/blog/wild-selector-xeno-oaklander/

 

The Quietus – Album Review

http://thequietus.com/articles/15653-xeno-oaklander-par-avion-review

 

Mojo – Album Review (in print)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v95szv22p3cpet1/XO-Mojo-July2014.jpeg

 

All Music – Album Review

http://www.allmusic.com/album/par-avion-lp-mw0002668601

 

Boomkat – Album Review

http://boomkat.com/downloads/986933-xeno-oaklander-par-avion-album

 

DAZED – Album Stream + Interview Feature

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/20387/1/stream-xeno-oaklander-s-ice-cold-new-album

 

Self Titled Magazine – Album Stream Post

http://www.self-titledmag.com/2014/06/19/stream-xeno-oaklanders-par-avion-album/

 

Clash Magazine (UK) – Album Review (in print)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yt5dmj1gsew41e2/XO-Clash_Mag_Review-July2014.png

 

The Wire (UK) – Album Review (in print)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/abi9bqhhlvdv2vd/XO_The_Wire-July2014.pdf

 

Self-Titled Magazine – “Par Avion” Video Premiere

http://www.self-titledmag.com/2014/06/12/xeno-oaklanderpar-avion/

 

RBMA – Video Documentary Feature x Frankie Teardrop

http://nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com/post/85122927180/beat-repeat-nyc-suicide-frankie-teardrop-no

 

Pitchfork: ”Interface” Track Premiere

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16861-xeno-oaklander-interface/

 

Pitchfork: “Par Avion” Premiere

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16321-par-avion/

 

Tiny Mix Tapes: Track Post

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/xeno-oaklander-share-title-track-from-new-ghostly-album-par-avion

 

The Fader: Track Post

http://www.thefader.com/2013/11/13/stream-xeno-oaklander-par-avion/

 

Self Titled: Track Post

http://www.self-titledmag.com/2013/11/12/xeno-oaklander-sign-to-ghostly-international-share-new-single/

 

KCRW: Artist You Should Know Online Feature

http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2013/11/dark-synth-duo-xeno-oaklander-artist-you-should-know/

 

RAVELIN: Band feature

http://ravelinmagazine.com/portfolio-posts/xeno-and-oaklander/

PITCHFORK: ”Interface” Track Premiere
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16861-xeno-oaklander-interface/

BROOKLYN VEGAN
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/xeno_oaklander_4.html

SELF-TITLED
http://www.self-titledmag.com/2014/04/15/xeno-oaklander-announce-new-album/

EXCLAIM
http://exclaim.ca/News/xeno_oaklander_sign_to_ghostly_international_for_par_avion

THE DELI NY
http://nyc.thedelimagazine.com/17514/xeno-oaklander-unveil-interface-from-upcoming-album-par-avion

THE 405 (UK)
http://www.thefourohfive.com/news/article/xeno-oaklander-announce-new-album-stream-first-track-interface-139


PITCHFORK: “Par Avion” Premiere

THE FADER: Par Avion Track Post

SELF-TITLED: Par Avion Track Post

KCRW: Artist You Should Know Online Feature

BROOKLYN VEGAN: Par Avion Track Post

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE – TOP 25 SONGS OF 2011

Xeno and Oaklander, “Sets and Lights”
A Brooklyn boy-girl duo, a basement full of vintage synths, and a rush of gloomwave mirror moves.

THE GUARDIAN UK – INTERVIEW WITH XENO & OAKLANDER AND JOHN FOXX

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.

NY TIMES T MAGAZINE

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.

D MAGAZINE/ La Repubblica Italy

Full 16 page editorial featuring Xeno & Oaklander

Wire

Starwax

Guardian

D-Side FR

Quietus ‘Analogue Alienation’

Dazed and Confused UK

OX Magazine Germany

Vice

Village Voice

LA Weekly read more here and here

Daily Note, UK

Blow Up, Italy

Stereogum Martial Canterel special, read more here and here

GQ – NEW YORK CITY – featuring Xeno & Oaklander



ARTROCKER – JOHN FOXX WEEK: XENO & OAKLANDER PAY TRIBUTE

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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)

SKUG, AUSTRIA, XENO & OAKLANDER INTERVIEW by MICHAEL GIEBL, March 27, 2010