Between the chromatic horror movie basslines, the teetering analog synths and Liz Wendelbo's chillingly childlike vocals, it's pretty impossible to mistake a Xeno & Oaklander song. "Par Avion," the lead single from the the New York duo's as-yet-unnamed Ghostly International debut, ticks all of the usual sonic boxes, but it's also the most hummable and enigmatic tune that the New York duo has penned in a while. For one, there's the addition of some pretty cracked-out-sounding analog strings, the effect of which I can't help but liken to a Velvets-era John Cale grinding his way through a baroque concerto. More hauntingly, though, there's Wendelbo's bilingual narrative about love letters and planes, sung with the full creepiness and ethereality of the Rosemary's Baby theme song.
Stream: Xeno & Oaklander, "Par Avion"