Every song tells a story, but Fenster’s “2.7XO17” tells not just a story, but delivers a nearly-tragic narrative set to a dreamy beat. The new video from the Berlin-based group elucidates the tale of 2.7XO17, a robot-child living in the distant nostalgic and retro-inflected future. Directed Bryn Chainey the video tells of 2.7XO17, who is is programmed to be an obedient servant, a loyal child who even brings her adoptive human parents breakfast in bed. But routine is made to be interrupted and when her’s is, she realizes that something has gone terribly wrong. The lonely robot girl is then forced to re-assess her place in the world of humans and venture outside into the great unknown.
The story played out in “2.7XO17” is, in some ways, the story of the band. The group has been hard at work perfecting their subdued sound and now, with their debut album Bones hitting stores on March 13, they are poised on the brink of the unknown. The album is sparse without feeling hollow with his-and-hers vocals reminiscent of Coco Rosie and the xx, while some how also managing to evoke the Velvet Underground. The stand-out tracks, including ‘”Oh Canyon” and “White To Red” and, of course, “2.7 XO 17,” bring forth a rich sound through a mature and meditative minimalism that belies the fact that this is the group’s debut album. While scarcely known in the US, Fenster are making their touring debut this week, traveling from New York to SXSW. What happens next — be it indie rock stardom or some other adventure entirely — all begins by putting one foot in front of the other and heading into the great wide world. I, for one, can’t wait to see where this band goes.