The natural environment has long been a source of inspiration for all kinds of composers and producers. Xenoula sits firmly in this sphere, coaxing atmosphere from her surroundings and incorporating them into her mysterious, electronic pop tunes. Sounding like Lamb and early Aphex with a modern twist, it's pretty lush.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 06 December 2017
Romy Xeno has made this here lushly beautiful album -- with producer Sam Dust -- as Xenoula. Romy has called her record ‘Xenoula’, in fact. It’s a delicate record of childlike vocal melodies amidst sparkling electronic sounds. The rhythms on the album reflect Xeno’s love of nature and the affinity with the habitat, plants and creatures in South Africa where she grew up.
The micro-melodies on opening track ‘Chief of Tin’ grow organically amongst interweaving webs of soft electronics and stuttering beats. The vocals are lovely, residing somewhere in the vastness of space between the Valtysdottir sisters in Icelandic band múm, and Louise Rhodes (of Lamb and, erm, Lou Rhodes). Sounding particularly Rhodesian on the spectral folk timbres of the track ‘She Ghosts’. Lovely stuff.
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