Recommended by us on 14th August 2009.
London, summer, 2009: The xx arrive with their debut album ‘xx’ – a whole new
sound of love, loss and longing. The xx are four kids who formed at London’s Elliot
School in 2005, the south west comprehensive that produced the likes of dubstep
enigma Burial, Hot Chip, and Fourtet's Kieren Hebden: But alone The xx stand,
not only in the singularity of their influences and sound, but in the universal
resonance of their music.
Gingerly dodging the storm cloud of hype hysteria that plagues seemingly every other
new buzz act of the moment, Romy Madley Croft (lead vocals, guitar), Oliver Sim
(lead vocals, bass), Baria Qureshi (keyboards, guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats,
samples) are edging into our hearts. Their unique make-up is a second nature
marriage of 2009’s urban / guitar tribes, in one corner fluttering new wave
inspired reverberation, in the other, plumes of textured, post-dubstep subbass
and figuratively, their defining core of rich R&B vocal textures.
Their debut album ‘xx’ is released on XL Recording’s bleeding edge Young Turks
imprint (Holy Fuck, Gang Gang Dance, El Guincho). Eschewing big name
producers and studios, ‘xx’ sees Jamie continuing in the producer role he’s asserted
since The xx’s conception, tweaking and refining the band’s beautifully crafted songs
into a debut record that’s utterly contemporary and undeniably timeless.
Having recently toured with The Big Pink and Micachu & The Shapes, The xx will
play a handful of highly anticipated shows throughout the summer.
“Perfect… Melancholic pop at its tip top” – i-D; “Confoundingly
Intro * VCR * Crystalised * Islands *
Heart Skipped A Beat * Fantasy * Shelter *
Basic Space * Infinity * Night Time * Stars
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