xeno & oaklander – sentinelle

As much as I like a lot of minimal wave, most of Xeno & Oaklander’s music has struck me as synth wankery.

I am by no means a purist, so the fact that they only use analog equipment and actually play it all themselves means absolutely nothing to me, so interviews such as this one come off as kind of pretentious and tiresome to me.

Given this, I don’t have any idea how I even ended up listening to their latest album, but I was shocked that it was terrific.  Especially considering that my favorite song on the album was the one I couldn’t even make it all the way through on the interview video.  I get the DIY aesthetic most of the time, but sometimes there certainly is something to be said for production.

Here’s video from the album release party, set to skip past the annoying nothing (and babble from the band):

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