Xeno & Oaklander create a universe where technology is beautifully timeless, where electricity pulses with vigor and effortless finesse. The standard meaning of "ghosts of technology," with its equally standard images of looming architecture and lifeless shells of machines, is rendered obsolete. Nimble electronic melodies sing, stretch and glow like elegant apparitions. Grandiosity and restraint live harmoniously side-by-side, just as the dual vocals of McBride and Wendelbo weave in and out of one another, sometimes an isolated croon and sometimes a layered texture.
The interplay between McBride and Wendelbo yields very little that is conventional, but quite a lot that's alluring. Theirs is an enigmatic combination of various sensibilities that nevertheless produces a singularly focused vision. McBride sings, "the theater, the stage, the sets the lights, masking some grand delight." This is a record that makes the most of the power of electronic instruments to set a scene, to evoke intrigue, and to invite the mind to wander into those shadowy places where grand delights hide.
'Sets & Lights' was selected as a ROLLING STONE TOP 25 track of 2011
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Deep and honest songwriting, a bunch of great songs without that extra "sophistication" found in the Synth Pop/Wave scenes. A grower of an album, totally replayable. Groovy, sexy and a bit minimalist in some way. Bardo Morales
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I don’t think I’ve ever heard a record with such a sense of danceable atmosphere to it aside from maybe Keluar. This is the soundscape of a BDSM nightclub lit entirely by the pulsing red glow of a massive dance-floor packed to the brim with scantily leather-clad bodies. Jackson Eastwood