This summer, Xeno and Oaklander bring their minimal electronic sounds to Ghostly International with new album Par Avion, their first for the label, June 24th (CD, Digital) and July 15th (Vinyl). The album’s title is a reference to postcards — it translates as “by plane”, and was used to mark airmail sent from exotic places. The songs are postcards of love for a cold age — shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, and love mementos for the future. Together, they make up an album of contrasts — the songs move from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark.
Par Avion’s rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it’s an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz Wendelbo explains, “Sound makes me think of a scent, which makes me think of an image, which makes me think of a certain kind of light.” The sensory experiences are palpable: “Jasmine” calls to mind the intoxicating scent of jasmine flowers that bloom at night, “Nuage D’Ivoire” sweats under a tropical sky full of clouds that hold the key to the past and the future, “Sheen” glistens with reflections dancing in the water and with inner visions of romance, where light and dark meet in the pupil of the eye.
Par Avion will be released in LP, CD, and digital formats. A special edition vinyl version, limited to 350 hand-numbered copies, will include flesh colored vinyl and a rose-scented art perfume insert, allowing further personal exploration of synesthesia. Pre-orders are available at The Ghostly Store.
04. Par Avion
05. Jasmine Nights
07. Nuage d’Ivoire
09. G. Bruno
07.12 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Lusine, Lemonade, Chad Valley, Yumi Zouma)
08.02 San Diego, CA @ The Hideout (w/ White Hex, Flaamingos)
08.03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (w/ White Hex)
08.05 Sacramento, CA @ Le Twist
08.06 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room (w/ White Hex)
08.10 Seattle, WA @ Kremwerk (w/ White Hex)
08.16 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ White Hex)