Xeno and Oaklander collaborate on their new video for Saracen with Tova Carlin and Thomas Torres Cordova. Minimal wave, nomadism, night moves........
We want to make this video because we believe in the music of Xeno and Oaklander. We did not come to know them through television or the internet, but rather because they are a part of our circle of friends and we've heard them play for years. As artists ourselves, it is our pleasure and honor to foster a conversation with Sean and Liz through our own medium and make a music video for their debut album. X&O have chosen to play analog instruments only, working within a set of limitations; they do not operate from a discursive place, and yet their music is accessible and full of dance rhythms. We love their work because it has solidified a time and space for us. We believe they are important musicians who are in line with our world view and aesthetic. This open and constant investigation of form is something we want to support and promote.
We're not backed by corporate money or a major label. This video is destined for the world through YouTube and the internet. Our bare bones budget is $7,000. Since we don't have other sources of funding, we're turning to you, our community. We need to raise the money by June 14. We are so grateful to our donors and know there are many others who want to see a new Xeno & Oaklander video as much as we do.
All contributors will be invited to a launch party and performance by the band.
Thank you Kickstarter and thank you fans!
This video is for the song Saracen
During a night of mystery and marauding in this city.......The Kid intently observes X&O through moving bodies and an array of lights at the Lower East Side synth wave club Wierd. After the show, X&O pack up their gear and head to the airport, where an elder with spirit in his eyes and calm demeanor awaits. From their car, Xeno & Oaklander take in the passing landscape and adjust the A/C, while the Kid leaves the club and enters the night streets. It is a demagogic tale of learning and wandering, in the ancient Greek tradition of learning while walking.
Torres Cordova has shot a video for Xeno and Oaklander's song Sentinelle, which you can see here:
For those who don't know Xeno & Oaklander:
Xeno & Oaklander are a New York-based minimal-electronics band. They have played at P.S.1, SF MoMA and Miami Art Basel, perform regularly at the series Wierd at Home Sweet Home and recently completed a European tour that included England, Germany, Belgium and Italy. Xeno and Oaklander are hosted on Wierd Records. Playing analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively, they record their songs live in their studio.
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