Xenia Dunford is a singer and songwriter out of Burlington, VT. Her first show, like many Burlington musicians, took place at The Radio Bean. Since then, she has been a continual presence on the Burlington music scene, sometimes filling residencies like her one at Hotel Vermont, then sometimes playing larger shows at venues like ArtsRiot and Foam Brewers.
Xenia is fresh off of the release of her most recent EP, titled "Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A" The four-track project was co-produced by Xenia and Jer Coons at Future Fields in Burlington. To accompany the release of the EP, Xenia wrote a beautiful blog post, which is a great preface to the project. We'd like to include that in it's entirety below:
"Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A" is the first of a two part sonic series of original music relating to love, lust, loss, and the rarely transparent navigation of relationships we have with others as well as the one within ourselves. Side A is the culmination of a two year on again off again recording project with friend and producer Jer Coons (Caroline Rose, Madaila) at Future Fields studios in Burlington, VT. What began as a handful of vocal and piano ballads transformed into an uptempo, yet ethereal pop EP with the help of many talented musicians. Side A features Dan Ryan and Sean Preece on drums, Zack Dupont and Kelly Ravin on guitar, Eric Maier on organ, Forrest Pettengill on bass, Zac Clark on synths, and Jer Coons on acoustic guitar, percussion and bass as well as engineering the sessions and co-producing, mixing and mastering the tracks.
I had many varying ideas when considering the title/artwork/release for Side A, as well as the forthcoming Side B EP, before deciding on Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within). The two year period in which I was working on these two simultaneous recording projects was one marked by depression, self loathing and the destruction of people and ideas I held very dear yet were completely out of my control. I couldn't really handle any of it and chose to hide out from life, which more or less worked, until I had to go into the studio and was faced with all the repressed emotions I had buried. It was a time afflicted by ambivalence that left me feeling stripped of my identity and very raw. In the aftermath of it all I recognized that I would have to embrace in order to let go. It was this discovery, coupled with my raw state of being, that inspired the title Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within). "
Xenia will be performing this weekend at Waking Windows. You can find her Saturday, May 5th at Scout & Co. at 3:30PM. Jesse Rosenfield (drums), Forrest Pettengill (bass), and Audrey Perog (background vocals) will be joining her.
Find Xenia on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/xeniadunfordmusic/