London's the xx established themselves with a stunning self-titled debut in 2009, welding sleekly contemporary indie dream-pop and hushed post-punk, with inflections of dance music and R&B. After the widespread acclaim and success of that album on both sides of the pond, the band were vaulted into indie superstar status and found themselves touring and playing festivals.
Despite this whirlwind of activity, the trio's sophomore album, Coexist, finds the band keeping their sound intimate and humble, building only incrementally on the steady musical foundation of xx. However, their songwriting and lyricism has grown to reflect stronger shades of nuance and emotional texture.
Currently touring the U.S. in support of the album, the xx stopped by The Current studios to chat with David Campbell and play a few songs.
Songs played: "Chained," and "Sunset" and "Fiction."
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- The XX performs in The Current studios The XX have accomplished something few other groups have: critical raves, a sellout worldwide tour, and unexpectedly stellar album sales. The best part? They're all 20 years old.
- The xx perform live in The Current studios It's rare that a band today can make an album that gets better with each and every repeat, but The xx have done just that. They've gone from a group of brand-new English kids to one of the biggest bands in the independent music world in just under a year, but The xx deserve every mote of the attention that's been thrown their way.
- Album Review: xx - The xx Wait for the sun to set. Find a couch, and someone you like to share it with. Put this album from The XX on your CD player, on repeat. All the songs sound the same, so you won't have to worry about changing the music.
- Album Review: The xx - Coexist On "Coexist," the xx has largely opted to continue exploring the musical landscape they sketched out on their 2009 debut. It's a wise choice.