Hey, Listen To Öxxö Xööx! [French Avant Garde/Doom]

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We’ve talked about avant garde music here a time or two. In fact, we dedicated a whole week to the genre earlier this year. There’s just something about the music that blows our mind because of how unpredictable and irreverent it can be. France seems to be a mecca for this sort of thing, with Deathspell Omega, Smohalla, and Blut Aus Nord being site favorites. Today’s Hey, Listen To This! music discovery offering comes in the form of fellow mysterious French oddities Öxxö Xööx, whose penchant for gothic and atmospheric doom metal is as beautiful as it is weird.

Öxxö Xööx actually means “69”, but the band insists they aren’t making a joke of it:

“It represents duality, the balance between the opposing forces of the universe, the eternal recurrence, and the creation of being. It is the will to reconnect with the great spirit of life within us while being profoundly anti-religious.”

Perhaps the group’s humor is incredibly dry; with avant garde music, there’s breathing room for silliness despite the somber musical tone. Expect sprawling doom tracks with acrobatic vocals, classical orchestration (including harpsichord, grand organ, string ensemble), ambiance, and a touch of electronic music wrapped up in labyrinthine structure. Stream their 2011 debut album Rëvëürt (out through Apathia Records) via the Bandcamp player below:

The band are working on new music, so expect something soon. Be sure to visit  Öxxö Xööx on Facebook if you like what you hear.

– JR

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