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New music featuring The Aztext! Upcoming show with Aubrey Haddard! All that and not much else!

It's been a minute since I've posted. I've been vacationing practically full time these days and it's been very relaxing. So much so that finding a topic to discuss seems much too cumbersome mentally and with the physical additive of sporadically yet strategically prancing my fingertips against the keyboard, it all seems to require an unusual amount of effort that I simply do not have. So as of late I've stopped before even considering starting and honestly I've got almost no complaints. Yet, I have forgone my time for contemplation (and self promotion) so again, here I am to deliver some mildly exciting information in regards to Xenia Dunford the product.

Above is Everyday Sun, a track I collaborated on with Burlington hip hop duo The Aztext.  I definitely took influence from their words in regards to the thematic direction of the hook, but the beat itself is so energetic and buoyant that sun and summer motifs were the natural progression for me. On the page, figuratively speaking, that seems a little cookie cutter, but for someone who gravitates toward the darker themes of human consciousness, I think it's important to write uplifting songs with positive messages, if only to keep an even keel.

Politically speaking, which is something I rarely do, this song ruminates on the glass half full perspective in a three minute optimists guide to surviving Trump's presidency with all the moral and ethical upheaval he and his deranged cronies bring with them. Ok, it's not really that political, but that's my message and I'm fucking sticking to my buns.

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In other news, I'm taking a break from doing relatively nothing to play a show with the super groovy, always fierce Aubrey Haddard in support of her album release! The show is Friday July 13th at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington. Her album 'Blue Part' has been on repeat for me and this track is right up there as one of my ass shaking anthems of the summer.

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PSA: Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Double EP Available Now on all Major Platforms
 photo by Lucas Zimmermann

photo by Lucas Zimmermann

PSA: Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A/B are now available for streaming on all major platforms! That means you can binge listen, share, follow, curate or whatever else you may feel like to your hearts content any time, any place. How strange I should allude to Janet Jackson's sensual slow jam... OH that reminds me! You should check out my latest playlist featuring women artists that call out to me right now. It's called Siren Songs and features timeless greats and fresh tracks I can't get enough of, spanning decades and genres. There may be a Xenia Dunford original on there, but hey, I can like myself too. 

If you haven't yet please follow your girl on Spotify, I don't know how, but it helps me look good. 

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Queen City Tour Commences.
 photo c/o The Archives

photo c/o The Archives

Today marks the start to my self proclaimed Queen City Tour. It's a modest one, three shows strewn about Burlington as the city teems with trumpet calls and meandering bass lines and you know, all that jazz. It's a time of year that I've always enjoyed and tried to take full advantage of, as an enthusiast and musician alike. This year, I can't help but feel a bit sentimental as this is my last go for a long time, possibly ever. No, I'm not dying; just moving roughly 2,000 miles away. But before I embark on this journey, I wanted to use these shows as an opportunity to come together and celebrate this magical little city with its people whom I've come to know and love. A few last chances to share stories and exchange adieus. Angie Mae Lizotte accompanies on synth and harmonies on Saturday June 9th and Tuesday June 12th. Sam Lynch, from Vancouver, BC, joins the bill in support of her EP release on the 12th. Find her music here.

RSVP on Facebook for further details and event information. Also, in case you missed it, Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Sides A/B are now available on all major streaming services and for purchase on Bandcamp

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