Xeno & Oaklander, “Par Avion”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 06.24.14 in Listen to This

To openly contradict Radiohead, on “Par Avion,” everything is in its wrong place. Liz Wendelbo’s voice is willowy and weary, and it sounds like it’s operating in a universe wholly separate from the song at hand. It glides into weird, odd crevices, while the bleak electronics beneath her pulse and criss-cross, gridlike. Effects enter at the wrong time — the weird digital pipe organ at 1:03 that wreaks havoc on the melody is the most jarring example — and the entire song feels wonderfully unsettled, a glimpse at an afterlife where absolutely no one is at peace.