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Introducing Our BOTW: Xeno & Oaklander

It’s that day you’ve been waiting all weekend for with baited breath – the unveiling of our new Band Of the Week – hurrah. Readers meet Xeno & Oaklander, Xeno & Oaklander, meet the readers. This beguiling Brooklyn based duo began paving their golden route to palpitating success back in 2004, where they began to write music after meeting and immediately bonding. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the pair’s infectious, robotic tracks, it’ll be no slap in the face that as one half of Xeno & Oaklander, Sean McBride’s background stems to synth based electronic music.

And those captivatingly serene vocals that juxtapose Sean’s eerie tones would be those of Miss Liz Wendelbo. The twosome may have almost 4000 miles separating their origins (Sean hails from Maryland), but their harmonies couldn’t be more entwined. With a sound that tastes like rainbow dust and has a plethora of obscuring layers, Xeno & Oaklander have patently grown from their days of minimal backdrops. Playing analogue synthesisers and instruments entirely all without a backing track is the unique appeal that’s lead to their extensive touring schedule in Europe and the West and East Coast – in music venues, lofts and festivals. They have even performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, Zürich Kunsthalle and at the New Museum in New York. Indeed, their refreshing sound and enigmatic presence is in hot demand all over the globe.

Equally as dreamy and alluring as their sonic is the soft photography that festoons their CD covers. You only have to delve into Wierd Records’s archives to witness their collection of mesmerising art that encapsulates their retro sound that’s eclectic in nature. So go forth and enjoy embarking on a week jam-packed with Xeno & Oaklander splendour here at Planet Notion.

Their new album ‘Sets & Lights’ is available from today so get purchasing to prepare yourself for the musical indulgences we have in store from our spectacularly swell BOTW.

- Caroline Jackson



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