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Vi​/​deo

by Xeno & Oaklander

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vladimir milojkovity I follow X&O for a decade now. Listened & seen them live once (for now), in 2014 in Belgrade. My favourite album so far is Par Avion. But since then, they evolved. And in this album you can really hear and feel the change. It is different, something new occurred. That was the moment, from the first listening, when I knew I have to add it to my collection. It is really special and precious. Favorite track: Infinite Sadness.
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CrimsonEulogy92 Overflowing with passionate emotion, crafted and composed meticulously and precisely, and executed flawlessly. Vi/deo is some of X&O's finest work to date. Favorite track: Technicolor.
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davidbellmoney Man, they really hit this out the stadium my only gripe would be more tracks but I love the depths of each track it’s hard to even select a favorite because they’re all getting 5 stars on my Ipod Favorite track: Raingarden.
phelanka
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phelanka If "Raingarden" isn't played at my funeral I AIN'T GOIN! Favorite track: Raingarden.
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Poison 04:02
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Afar 03:32
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Technicolor 04:29
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Television 04:25
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Gain 04:08
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Movie Star 03:32
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Raingarden 04:25

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East Coast minimal wave institution Xeno & Oaklander’s seventh full-length further distills their iconic noir synth pop into a streamlined suite of gleaming, graceful retrofuturism. Inspired by ideas of synesthesia, scent, star worship, and obsolescent technologies, the duo of Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride began conceiving the blueprint of Vi/deo while sequestered at their Southern Connecticut home studio during the pandemic. The context of isolation, streaming, and remote dreaming seeped into their chemistry, manifesting as both homage to and meditation on a certain cinematic strain of technicolor fantasy: the screen as stage, distance disguised as intimacy, where tragedy and glamor crossfade into one.

Opening with the precision synthetic melancholy of “Infinite Sadness,” the album marks a peak fluidity between the pair’s fusion of analog electronics and poetic melody, both refined and oblique, classic but contemporary. Wendelbo modeled her singing on “a young boy in a choir,” alternately holding notes and whispering them, with the lyrics clear, the voice elevated. McBride’s synthesizers serve as the perfect counterpart, tiered and polished, threading fluorescent architectures of a lost audio-visual age. Theirs is a darkwave of reverie and flickering city lights, swooning and sleek, romantic anthems for concrete bohemia, cigarette smoke in rainy gardens, and sound as color (“blue is fast and red is slow”). Vi/deo captures the bittersweet beauty of youth and utopias, the wistful transformation from miracle to memory, where love turns unreal and music becomes myth: “Sounds of the underground / Will echo in future days / Feelings of misery / Will fade into the haze.”

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released October 22, 2021

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Xeno & Oaklander Brooklyn, New York

Xeno & Oaklander are a minimal electronics duo (Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride of Martial Canterel) based in Brooklyn, New York. They have been deeply involved in the analog synth community since 2004 (the release of their debut Vigils LP on Xanten), and have helped promote and inspire the revival of synth wave in the US and throughout the world through their extensive touring and prolific output. ... more

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