Girouette Records presents tracks selected from the early works of the French Electronic music pioneer Philippe Laurent. “Exposition 3” and “Rapide 1”, these two gems from 1982 are out for the very first time on vinyl, after being remastered from the original tapes by the talented label Minimal Wave. The major cold wave New Yorker duet Xeno & Oaklander brings a second heart to this record, with a wild and breathless cover version of “Exposition 3” taking us with a night driving analogue bass and a surgical eight o’ eight beat to intriguing cinematographic landscapes.
First single to be lifted off Xeno & Oaklander’s forthcoming new album ‘Sets and Lights’. Baroque electronic arpeggios and fast celebratory beats drive the surrealist scenario of ‘The Staircase’ in which a staircase continually leads to dead ends. The delicate ghostly female vocals mirror this eternal motion forwards and backwards and up and down. This dark tale takes flight into warm noise ornaments and glistening synth flourishes and comes right back to its core: minimal electronics. ‘Not Afraid’ is a more haunted and dark waltz which takes you to a private enchanted universe of silk, flowers, leather and lace, sheltered away from turbulence and doom.