Ahead of the release of Xenoula’s debut full-length, on November 24th via Weird World. Xenoula has shared the video for new track “Luna Man”. Amidst bubbling percussion and undulating, earthly funk, “Luna Man” unfolds Xenoula’s universe even further.
Teaming up with producer Sam Dust aka LA Priest (whose recent work includes his own debut solo album as well as Connan Mockasin collaboration Soft Hair), Xenoula’s songs are adorned in a chameleon-like coat of shape-shifting sonic textures, from the brooding, electric clouds and pulsing synths of “Chief of Tin” to the sun-warped bassline pop of “Caramello”.
Xenoula is Romy Xeno. Romy spent her early years in South Africa where she was influenced by the elemental songs of nearby villagers and the (tranquil) rhythms of nature. Here she developed an introspective affinity with flora and fauna rather than with man and machines.
When Romy moved back to the UK at the age of 16, the culture shock and collision of two contrasting worlds inspired her to make music as a way of communicating her feelings about her new surroundings to the crowds of people she instinctively shied away from.
For Romy, Xenoula is an exploration of nature and human contradictions. The music is infused with memories of her childhood in South Africa, her experiences in the sprawling cities of Europe and with the realm of the ethereal and mysterious. Recently retreating to the quieter climes of north Wales, Romy forged the sounds of Xenoula.
01 Chief of Tin
02 Luna Man
03 Cyan Water
05 Dawn Bunny
06 She Ghosts
07 Honey Priest
09 Deer Ron
10 Leyline Ogres