The xx – Coexist
After the success of the powerful, poignant debut album, three years later, fans of The xx must be struggling to hold in their xxcitement with the release of Coexist just round the corner. We have been teased with two singles from the album demonstrating that this record will actually be a real treat and that the band have not lost their proficiency in creating vastly atmospheric, touching music.
The first single, Angels, which was made available for digital download in July, features only the vocals of female singer Romy Madley-Croft’s soft voice but still has the recognisable contrast with the heavy bass that was ever so beautifully haunting when the band first emerged.
The second single, which is not available for digital download yet, can be found on their website, accompanied by psychedelic visuals (they are just too kind). This song, Chained, is equally as short as Angels but includes the gorgeous harmonies of both Oliver Sim and Romy’s voices. You will also be reminded of Night Time from xx when listening to this track – just listen out for their signature, simple echoing guitar arpeggio. The track also ends abruptly, leaving true fans wanting nothing more than for 11th September to arrive quickly this year.
Matt Di Salvo
Coexist is released on 11th September 2012.
Watch the video for Chained here: