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Xana @ The Edinbrough Castle

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Xana’s self titled EP opens with the swirly, strummy Lightning and Thunder; Xana’s vocals- somewhere between the clarity of Katie Noonan and the frank and warmness of Kate Miller-Heidke, sans the unnecessary vocal acrobatics- are like a breath of fresh air into my mouldy room. “Make me laugh, make me wonder, feel the lightning and thunder” she declares, totally immediately loveable.

The modern-day protest song that is Chemical Reaction is by no means that of whiny-Bono-esque capital. Xana injects sweetness and hope into all she sings and writes, as if her songwriting and vocal performance were no different than having a cup of tea with the lady in a cafe somewhere.

The piano-ballad Come On Home has those soft, choral vocals reminiscent of Alison Krauss’ Down to the River to Pray from O Brother, Where Art Thou? and it’s totally engaging but Lightning and Thunder is the shiner on this disc. It ensures you will see Xana as the flaneletted darling playing boppy, luminescent folky tracks (there’s even a pretty gnarly rock breakdown at about 3:12 in L&T) to you.

I had originally found Xana through research (i.e.; surfing MySpace Bands) for an article I was doing on local music. It was an A-Z sort of list, and I needed an artist starting with X. Not having any at my immediate disposal, I went in search. And Xana I found and, henceforth, Xana I love. - Lisa Dib (June 12, 2008) - TheDwarf.com.au


'Xana' EP - radioplay on triple J (National), Triple ZZZ (Brisbane), 3CR (Melbourne), 2 songs streaming on Myspace


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"Gorgeous!...I can't wait to hear more!"- Kate Miller Heidke

Xana is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter and producer. With a solo performance described as 'Captivating and Thought provoking' (Two High Festival) Xana's music gets straight to the point - grabbing you by the guts and not letting go… 'Xana knows how to take an audience on a wild emotional ride - she has great rapport with her listeners and the courage of direct, compelling honesty in her lyrics and performance.' (Robert Davidson, Topology) As well as appearing at festivals like the Queensland Music Festival, and the Two High Festival (QPAC), Xana can also be found performing solo shows in Brisbane
and Melbourne. Past venues have included
Bar Open (Melbourne), The Old Bar (Melbourne) The Powerhouse (Brisbane) and The Zoo (Brisbane). Performance highlights for Xana have included supporting Canadian songstress Ember Swift, and collaborating with composer/arranger Robert Davidson of Topology to perform her song Frost with a 70+ Orchestra. Xana’s music can be heard on Community radio Stations Triple ZZZ (Brisbane), 3CR (Melbourne) and Edge Radio (Hobart) and will also appear on Mark Chapman’s upcoming Four part documentary series DownUnder Grads (SBS). Released in 2007, Xana’s debut self titled and self produced EP saw her recording and performing her songs with a band for the first time. On one track, Xana explored the electro-acoustic domain of arranging, resulting in a composition that combines vocal, piano and string sections with synthesized and sampled sounds. "Xana injects sweetness and hope into all she sings and writes, as if her songwriting and vocal performance were no different than having a cup of tea with the lady in a cafe somewhere." - TheDwarf.com