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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 has forged the sounds of Xenoula. Her self-titled debut album, which will be released on November 24th ranges from the brooding electric clouds of ‘Chief of Tin’, to the sun-warped bassline pop of ‘Caramello’
Xenoula Xenoula, released 24 November 2017 1. Chief Of Tin 2. Luna Man 3. Cyan Water 4. Caramello 5. Dawn Bunny 6. She Ghosts 7. Honey Priest 8. Alauda 9. Deer Ron 10. Leyline Ogres 11. Tororoi 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. For Romy, Xenoula is an exploration of nature and human contradictions. Her self-titled debut album, which will be released on November 24th ranges from the brooding electric clouds of ‘Chief of Tin’, to the sun-warped bassline pop of ‘Caramello’.
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The tracks feel more like musical poems than songs. Poetic lyrics that refer to ogres, unicorns, and ghosts only reinforce this impression. Taken together, the album may challenge even some indie-tuned ears, but at its best, its catchy, composed strangeness is refreshing and compelling.
Xenoula is the indie electronic project of musician Romy Xeno, marking her recording debut. A native of rural South Africa, she moved to more hectic, man-made surroundings in the . at the age of 16. The resulting culture shock influences her partly nature-inspired music, which combines pastoral elements with more unpredictable, synthetic ones. Whimsical vocals and generally danceable beats round out a composite sound full of contrasts that can be both fascinating and quirky to the point of being outlandish. Funky bass and drums keep a consistent groove, and Xeno delivers a more traditional melody for the song, as opposed to the half-spoken delivery of much of the album. Elsewhere, "She Ghosts" relies on a palette of what sounds like treated mallet percussion - whether real, replicated, or both - and one of the catchier entries, "Luna Man," plays with distorted voices and accompaniment that falls out of tune to warped effect.
Occasionally this debut album from Xenoula (real name Romy Xeno) feels like relatively run-of-the-mill indietronica – tracks like Luna Man, for example, are somewhat forgettable. But as the album opens out, it’s clear the South Africa-born, Wales-based artist, along with producer LA Priest, offers something more intricate and strange. Dreamy Caramello boasts breathy, sweet vocals ghosting over rich but fragmented electronic textures, pulled together over a warm, organic, psych-infused groove, while standout Tororoi finds lithe percussion dancing and weaving around her voice.