The xx, a British band from London, released their sophomore album, Coexist, more than 4 years ago. And if you remember, they did an interesting collaboration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer where the entirety of Coexist was released worldwide and streamed for free on their website. It was an experiment on how “word-of-mouth” would spread the album. After that The xx toured for a while and started working on the new album in May of 2014. As a fan, two and a half years is forever. Well, the wait for their third studio album, I See You, is now over.
The indie pop trio is pushing the limits of what pop music is. It has taken on current trends in pop music, such as a minimalistic style and using loop tracks and beat machines, which Jamie Smith uses deftly to create their unique vibe. In addition to these elements, The xx have adopted a more positive and grandiose soundscape, but at the same time it is approachable. The vocals of both Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim seem to blend harmoniously in most cases, but there are times when the dissonance is a welcomed distraction.
The lead single, “On Hold”, is a down-tempo, danceable track that is about a typical love lost that samples an old Hall & Oates song, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”. Though, it would be difficult to distinguish as a Hall & Oates track unless you are a super-fan.
If you are looking for something a little different than your typical pop or EDM that is on the radio, then The xx is going to be something might be of interest. I See You is definitely something unique and outside the box of the typical Top 40 and it is worth checking out.
I See You by The xx is available now on iTunes.
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