The xx – I See You
Written by Collin P. Donovan // Twitter @Donziff
It’s been a generous 4 and a half years since the UK trio released their previous effort “Coexist” but it was sure worth the wait. Their new album I See You was the first album to drop from EVRYDY‘s Most Anticipated Projects of 2017 list and it definitely lived up to the hype. Although The xx haven’t released an album since 2012, the group’s producer Jamie xx released a critically acclaimed electronic album in 2015 featuring Young Thug and Popcaan, along with the two singers from the group (Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim). If you are unaware of all this information, you may know Jamie xx from his production work on Drake‘s single ‘Take Care” with Rihanna.
The 4 and a half year musical hiatus for the group definitely helped their sonic growth, as the records on the new album sound much bigger and developed than the relatively “simple” lyricism, production and melodic structure of the past. Their lead single “On Hold” came with a great visual that is worth watching to get to know a little more about the group. “Dangerous” is an alternative dance track made for every demographic to be able to turn up during the 4:10 duration. My personal favorites from the project are “Lips,” “Performance,” & “Replica” that I find myself running back very frequently.
The xx created their own sound that not many have the tools to emulate. This album alone only has 10 songs and they’re all quality; whether you’re into upbeat dance music or slower, emotional indie pop, there is something for you on I See You. With the recent push of London music in the USA, The xx stapled their feet in the ground as one of the most dynamic acts from their area. Be sure to catch them on tour this year, either at a festival or one of their own shows. I promise you will not regret it.