Brownie points to by bud Fraiser for turning me on to these guys. I was playing a bunch of Minimal Wave records, and he rightly suggested I check out the minimal snyth offerings of Xeno & Oaklander. I’d gone through their back catalog of three albums and then some, and it seemed with each subsequent release they had refined and progressed their sound. On that note their last album, Sets & Lights was quite good, but the bits I’ve heard of the upcoming Par Avion LP sound even better. Pretty big step up, and I’d say the perfect match, to be joining the Ghostly International label alongside my hometown friends Phantogram and the vintagey sounds of Com Truise. Ghostly knows how to do limited vinyl right, and if you want the limited edition, better pre-order quick.
Xeno & Oaklander - Par Avion LP is available on Ltd to 350 hand-numbered nude vinyl with a12x12 rose-scented art insert (mmm rose scented) and a 2-panel silkscreened jacket on archival Speckletone French paper, printed at Kayrock Screenprinting in Brooklyn, NY. If you miss the fancy vinyl, they’ll be a 2,000 run of the regular version too, but no rose scented art :( Records ship June 24. Pre-order from Ghostly now.
I can’t tell if 80s CGI lightning plus the Delorean featured are a bit of an homage to BTTF? But really just one question for Tennis: where did you find a red Delorean? Who paints their stainless steel Delorean a color?!
Heartsrevolution put out a 30min mixtape calledAre We Having Fun Yet?back in 2011. Embedded in the audio around the 1:01 mark was a mock interviewer asking, It’s taken you guys quite some time to record your debut album, why did it take so long? Leyla’s response: Fuck offf!!
I’ve only been waiting for this full length for the past 6-7 years and quite frankly I never expected it to finally drop. It had become something of joke online amongst fans; HeartsRevolution album? Ha.
But now its here, and it was well worth the wait. For the uninitiated, HeartsRevolution is part band, part artist collective. Part of the reason it may have taken this many years for the debut album is they’ve been busy with projects like covering an ice cream truck with thousands of diamonds (below) which they’ve used as tour transportation in the UK. The album plays though like a well planned mixtape, ripe for your next late night electro dance party.
My only qualm after all this time is no vinyl release…hopefully eventually? Just seems crazy after they released four previous singles on vinyl, including a prized heart shaped record.
So you’re relegated to pre-ordering on shitetunes, or the band does have a compact disc (who buys cds??) which cutely enough has a 16 page activity book self created and seems to include a crayon.
This is a fantastic album, please please please don’t leave it stranded in the digital world.