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Sunday 02 December 2012

The xx: A Slice Of The Modern World Where Perfect Pop & Intelligent Progression Can Coexist

To me The xx crept silently under the radar and appeared fully formed bearing the perfect gifts of two almost faultless albums. A youthful trio locked in their own bubble of intensity and self-belief, delivering songs of atmospheric lovelorn lyrics and melodic beauty.


Fronted by the elf-eyed and mysterious Romy Madley Croft, and foreboding presence of the menacingly lanky Oliver Sim, the band is perfectly complimented by the musical genius of Jamie Smith.

The xx recorded their self-produced debut in the unusual surroundings of indie label XL's office, West London.

"In the actual offices where people work," whispered Romy.

"It was like a garage when we first went there, like a mattress on the wall - it was really derelict and then they refurbished it and we were the first band in there."

"We worked with a lot of producers before but it ended up sounding more like them than us," adds Jamie. "Eventually I just decided to do it myself."




The album went on to win many ‘album of the year’ awards as well as securing The xx the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

Just prior to the win their was an early blip in the bands meteoric rise when second guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi left the group.

Sim later said that the rest of the band made this decision:

"To be fair to her, people have an idea about that she left the band. She didn't. It was a decision that me, Romy, and Jamie made. And it had to happen."

The band ended the promotional and touring campaign for the debut album in a state of almost total exhaustion.

They admit to a quiet disillusionment at seeing their near future mapped out, day by day, show by show.

"It's another unsettling form of time travel, and "an awful thing", says Sim, "to see on a screen in front of you."

The band’s latest album release Coexist has added to the demands on their time.



From its sublime opener, Angels, via stand-out track Fiction, and all the points in-between, it’s a colossal chunk of creativity and one that will no doubt weigh heavily on such young shoulders.

Coexist has already seen the threesome unite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to produce a forty-six minute loop of perfection that was witnessed by many millions via the TV red button.

Also they made a show stopping appearance on the opening night of the latest series of Later with Jools Holland.

From now until 2014 the band will be touring the world, and no doubt many a-festival stage.

Luckily for Brightonian’s, The xx drop by Brighton Centre of 20th December. See brightoncentre.co.uk for more details.
 

by: Mike Cobley



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