DAYFri July 21
The xx are Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, three best friends whom, since their two previous albums, ‘xx’ and ‘Coexist’, have obsessed together, drifted apart and found an invigorated new meaning and purpose in their new record, ‘I See You’.
The album marks a new era for the London trio both sonically and in terms of process. The album was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 in New York, Marfa, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and produced by Jamie Smith and Rodaidh McDonald.
I See You’ marks a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dexterous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. ‘I See You’ is recognisably still The xx but now powered by voluble ambition, of the three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. It’s a record that has brought new light to the live experience of The xx.