Portland based electronic duo Xibling are gracing the world with their music video premiere of “Sheets of White Paper” off their Light Pollution EP which just dropped yesterday! Often compared to Diamanda Galas and Nina Hagen by locals, Xibling are a truly crazy, unstoppable force. I was immediately sold the first time I saw them at Black Water Bar back in March. When Dave Cantrell asked what I thought I responded, “I feel like I’m among demigods” and I stand by that statement. There is something otherworldly about Xibling.
Why the name Xibling? Are you siblings?
Xibling: We are all Xiblings. (Yes, it’s pronounced “sibling.” Thank you!)
The X signifies the eternal variable of life; The yet named new present, and the past perceptions we strike-out as no longer living truth. Crossed by conjoined i’s, signifying the balance of individuals and interconnection. Cultivating reverence and engagement with the ever changing nature of reality, which is absolutely a relational construct. Together, with the vertical line left undefined, it forms the sigil of chaos, evoking All Options but hierarchical providence. Happy interdepenDance life, may we all grow freer and kin’der together.
How did you guys first meet and form the band? Are you both from Portland?
What inspires your lyrics? What is your writing process like?
Xibling: We have both been severely creative our whole lives. Constant, compulsively tapped-in, channels, with very little externally enforced structures around process and form requirements. So our writing process/inspiration is pretty much just turning on the faucet and letting it pour out, freely and often! Which, of course is always as richly contextual as anything else in any given moment in time.
Witnessing what creations then survive the byzantine conduit of existing, to sort of “mature” into something that can go into the world and live a life of it’s own amongst the other humans, is way more mysterious.
Your new video for “Sheets Of White Paper” is very unique– what inspired the visuals? What can you tell us about the new music video?
Xibling: Playing live is like stepping outside for the first time in days and remembering what it means to be alive; there is so much in the larger shared context of OUTSIDEWORLD. It’s very stimulating. Both pleasurably and terrifyingly, overwhelming. We love conducting and releasing that heightened energy with others in whatever shared space time context!
And Mo has been a painter/visual artist her whole life, she has been designing wearables forever, and sewing since she was 12. She makes all of her stage-wear, and her creative liferaft thru capitalism is her one-woman custom fashion house at MoWestCreations.etsy.com
Xibling: As for non-musical influences; film and the framed, time-based, visual/audio immersion forms are certainly influential. As well as the integration of deep-aestheticism with shadow-work/mirror-work modes; spiritual practices where the negative is granted a stage to be as vile, heartless, helpless, cynical, and ‘bad’ as it wants; let the demons get their ya-yas out, ya know? But they do it in a place where we get to make the container as beautiful, digestible, or stimulating as we need to to be, to be able to be with the dark reflections.
How important are aesthetics to you?
What’s next in store for Xibling? What do you have planned in the near future for Xibling?