The xx are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences combine via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce stark, sweet melancholic pop.
1. Intro 2. VCR 3. Crystalised 4. Islands 5. Heart Skipped a Beat 6. Fantasy 7. Shelter 8. Basic Space 9. Infinity 10. Night Time 11. "Stars
I don't even know where to start with this band. Part lo-fi indie-rock, part 80s referencing shoegaze. For a debut the album is remarkably reserved. Unlike tourmates The Big Pink there are no indie-anthems, just a steady showcasing of a polished, contemplative sound. The dual female/male vocals and the wonderfully understated production are what make this band so special. There's a real honesty to everything about this record, no bravado, no forced "standout singles", just a succession of beautiful, melancholic pop music. Quite possibly the best UK album so far this year.
Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)
Nov 14, 16 at 1:37am
Still can't find a version of their Heart Skipped song available here Listened to several others in this thread & quite like those, though... Not sure if I like the upcoming album track posted above, actually
Nov 13, 16 at 7:49pm
hmm, not sure how I feel about it. I like it, but it's certainly a big departure from the minimalism of their debut, and it seems really dance oriented. not that that's a bad thing, but it's not really what I've come to like about the band. has a very radio-friend pop vibe.
on that note, I listened to the self-titled this morning since it had been some time since I'd put that on and I remembered I have the vinyl.
Nov 12, 16 at 2:13pm
New album coming in January.
Jun 25, 13 at 3:19pm
mind = blown
May 20, 13 at 6:58pm
massively jealous man that's the day after my final exam, i was going to treat myself to a ticket, but in the end couldn't justify the cost. anyway it turns out i'll be seeing them 8 days after you at glastonbury, where I'll get to right the wrong of not having taken anything when seeing them first time round haha
May 20, 13 at 2:26pm
HahAha any tears and he'll receive a slap! Oh and don't be jealous without having a look at the venue! Looks crazy, might trip
Cheeky bastards said it was in London but waaaay out!!
May 20, 13 at 1:27pm
damn, xx with a dude who was meant to be there with his ex. Could get intense.
May 20, 13 at 1:22pm
lol ahh that's fair game then
May 20, 13 at 12:53pm
DanielT xx sent out emails saying they had free tickets to a London event and like 16 people would win and my friend won! He was taking his girlfriend (forced) but they broke up and he called me the day after to say we were going