English indie pop band The xx is set to send Manila on a flight of electronic delight as they perform tonight, July 30, at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig.
The band, composed of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith, are all in their early 20s and met while studying in England. Those unfamiliar with their music should get a taste of the band’s undiscriminating style by listening to their debut self-titled album, which was released in August 2009. The record won the U.K.'s presitigious Mercury Music Prize, joining the likes of Suede and Franz Ferdinand whose self-titled albums also bagged the award.
The moody music of The xx is the type of sound that digs into the skin, embeds itself deeply into your being, with each song becoming a familiar phantasm without you even knowing it. Super weird feeling, right? But that's our vaguely eloquent way of saying that their music is hair-raisingly delicious.
Critically lauded, the haunting mix of techno ballads and feel-good melancholic ditties of their first album landed on a number of 2009’s best album lists. It ranked number 9 on Rolling Stone’s best of the year and number 2 on NME’s Future 50 list. Their follow up album, Coexist, was also a smash hit amongst critics and listeners. Described as a more meditative outing that veers away from the easy, brisk movements of the first one, it debuted number one at the UK Albums Chart upon its release in November 2012.
So we guess what we're saying is that they’re pretty damn good, and it’s exciting to see that a lot of superb international acts are always strongly considering Manila whenever they're in Asia. Who's next? Well, acts like Blur, the Foo Fighters, Placebo, Radiohead, and Daft Punk are still on our list, but for now, it's The xx, we're obsessing over.
Below we’ve prepared five songs we’re revved to hear come concert night. And for those ready to give the band a shot, let this serve as an xx-101 of sorts.
From the album: The xx
This lovelorn ballad strings together island-worthy beats with the male and female personas within the song answering each other in fits of desire. The message of the song seems to dwell on succumbing to one’s emotions by being content.
The video for the song is very memorable. At first, it seems like everything is being repeated. As it progresses though, one will notice the minute changes of the dance routine, and the lighting, until everything eventually burns. Ironic since the lyrics state the opposite of relationships breaking down.
Lyrics: I am yours now/so now I don’t ever have to leave/I’ve been found out/so now I’ll never explore
From the album: Coexist
Short but sweet, the song is an easy standout from the band’s sophomore album that was released in 2012. The vocals and lyrics allow the listener to melt into puddle of syrupy yet forlorn sentiment, the lack of instruments only adding to the song's atmospheric vibe.
Lyrics: And everyday/I am learning about you/The things that no one else sees/And the end comes too soon/Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them/And leaving without them
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