Posts tagged ‘The xx’
The xx have an official studio version of a “Coexist” track, “Angels”, up on YouTube. Coexist is the band’s upcoming release, out via Young Turks on September 10 (11th in the U.S.) The band have also posted a link to the lyrics here and a pre-order link here. — David D. Robbins Jr.
The xx posted a link to download a free demo called “Open Eyes”. The band says, “Open eyes is a demo we did whilst creating our new album, we just wanted to share it with you. xx” You can download the demo here courtesy of the band. The song follows the band’s debut album, “xx”. – David D. Robbins Jr.
The Antlers will follow their “Burst Apart” EP with remixes/covers called “(together)”, out via Frenchkiss records on November 22nd in the U.S. and worldwide on the 28th. The EP will include a cover of The xx’s romantic “VCR” from off the band’s debut release: “We watch things on VCRs / With me and talk about a big love / I think we’re superstars / You say you think we are the best thing …” — David D. Robbins Jr.
COVERVILLE: OMD (aka Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is loving this resurgence of old-school, 80s, synth-laden romantic, mope rock. It’s right up their alley. In fact, OMD have a cover version of the xx’s “VCR” on soundcloud. It’s a great the xx track to begin with, but OMD put their little breathy spin on it. It’s a pretty cover. Listen below. “We watch things on VCRs, with me, and talk about big love / I think we’re superstars /You say you think we are the best thing.” Note: Artwork not official, created by Their Bated Breath. – David D. Robbins Jr.
ROMANTICS AT HEART: The xx’s debut album has only been out since August, but is already being talked about as one of the best albums of year. This London three-piece is liquid nostalgia, conjuring elements of The Cure and This Mortal Coil — while penning songs compact as diamonds. Their songs are about love, slow-burn sexual want, isolation, being touched, and feeling the need. Their sound is a hybrid of what was best about late 70s new wave and 80s lovelorn relationship pop. They borrow what’s best and make it uniquely their own.
The nimble guitar work in “Crystalized” is eerily like Joy Division. (As is the echoing atmospherics of “Fantasy”.) The melody of “Infinity” is reminiscent of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game”. The opening bassline of “Stars” like the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Anyone else hear ‘Everything but the Girl’ in “Shelter”? There are little points in this album where you find echoes of the past. To listen to The xx is to lose time. The melodies and moods they create can feel like soft moments, fuzzy as a Rothko painting — or like the torments of an old love whispering dirty ditties in your ear with no satisfaction in sight. Remember, back in the day, the high school girl whose alluring body seemed to age the clumsy adolescence right out of you? Well, listen to The xx, to jog your memory.
Lead singer, Oliver Sim, croons breath-heavy through minimalist compositions, harmonizing softly with Romy Madley Croft over heavy bass thumps, to create some of the most moving duets around. In “VCR”, Croft floats these lyrics over a bass riff as familiar as legwarmers, bangs and ‘The Breakfast Club’:
“You, you used to have all the answers / And you, you still have them too / And we, we live half in the daytime / And we, we live half at night / We watch things on VCRs / With me, and talk about big love / I think we’re superstars / You say, you think we are the best thing / But you, you just know / You just do.”
In “Stars”, Sim begins another duet, but this time ends mid-sentence, “If you want me …” — until Croft completes his thought with, ” … let me know.”
Simply put, this album is just so inviting. In part, because everyone knows what it’s like to love. Desire is universal. Their rhythms are warm, the harmonizing delicate, and the beats addictive. Their lyrics mix first person and second person perspectives, allowing listeners to invite themselves unconsciously into songs.
Years from now, this album will be the soundtrack to many people’s lives, if it isn’t already.
The xx — Live version of “Basic Space”