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Xeno & Oaklander "Angélique"

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Published on Jan 9, 2019

The first single from the upcoming Xeno & Oaklander album "Hypnos", out March 8th, 2019 on Dais Records. -- Angélique is a song about wild flowers and how they connect us to the past beyond the beginning of our existence. Flowers and plants are fascinating ancient life forms that have patiently bloomed and pollinated since the beginning of time. Their names are the stuff of poetry, and almost always a woman’s name.

As a musical act, Xeno & Oaklander (Sean McBride of Martial Canterel and Liz Wendelbo) conflate a rich love of analog synths, melody, and mythology with eloquent nuance and a nod to the heritage they draw from. While that construct is the duo’s immediate kiss and crush, there’s a deeper importance to their collaboration which began in 2004. As evidenced in their debut Vigils (2004), McBride and Wendelbo’s artistic dynamic is more than just a mutual love for electronics but a contrast between architectural precision and painterly expression. From the film scores to the traditional albums they’ve recorded in their Brooklyn studio, they’ve both spurred and fostered the global synth wave revival through a commitment to analog-only production and performance as well as a strident respect for the medium.

On their latest album Hypnos and first for the Dais imprint, the duo leveraged the talents of visual artist and live sound engineer Egan Frantz to mix the album. It’s a touch that adds both punch and balance, allowing their inherent conceptual voices to converge into a collage with defined edges and warm, synapses of frequency and beat.

“Musically, Hypnos is a return to polyphony after several years of using strictly monophonic synthesizers,” McBride says about the album’s ethos. “This has brought dense harmonies and a more complex counterpoint to the composition. Staying with the same equipment and processes without the inveterate compulsion to update and refashion allows for a clearly perceivable genealogy with our previous work.”

LYRICS:

Angélique et Anthémis
Ancolie et Narcisse
Alisson et Aloès
Anémone et Belladone

Angélique, Angélique
Fleur des champs et
Reine des Près
Fleurs sauvages abandonnées
De beaux bouquets improvisés

Angélique et Anthémis
Ancolie et Narcisse
Alisson et Aloès
Anémone et Belladone

Angélique, Angélique
Mauves musquées et négligées
Nées il ya des millions d’années
Ibéris, Lis orangé

Angélique, Angélique

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Order the album: http://www.daisrecords.com
Learn more: http://xenoandoaklander.com/

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    • Hypnos
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