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Electronic duo Xeno & Oaklander are most comfortable in the indecipherable and indescribable. With a curious video for the sultry dance track “Insomnia,” which was directed and edited by vocalist Liz Wendelbo, Xeno & Oaklander tread deeper into the unknown. “Insomnia” is the second single from the twosome’s sixth album Hypnos, out today from Dais Records.

“Between waking and dreaming, ‘Insomnia’ explores that very moment when the mind slips into the surreal,” Wendelbo says of the song’s inspiration. “In this sci-fi inspired video, we see Xeno of Xeno & Oaklander roam around the grounds of an abandoned mansion by the sea. Using a dead tree branch as a shamanistic communication device she is summoned into outer space by alien life-forms in the shape of vintage perfume bottles.”
Hypnos, yet another triumph in Xeno & Oaklander’s catalog of melodic minimalism, is as infectious as it is evocative. Blurring the lines between ‘60s French Pop, ‘80s new wave and contemporary modular synth pop, Hypnos unfolds as a dreamlike journey through dense harmonies and complex polyphonic compositions. Anchored by vocalist Liz Wendelbo’s whispy soprano and pictoral lyrics, Hypnos is a feat in both world building and melody making.

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