Thursday, April 9, 2009

GO SLOW.

The XX are a new breed of bright young things. The South London teenagers pen dark, atmospheric compositions that demonstrate a natural songwriting ability far beyond their collective years, crafting songs that stay with you long after they've run their course. Introductory single "Crystalised" is one of the more breathtaking debuts we've heard in this or any other year, its spacious production and minimal arrangement giving way to the male-female vocal interplay that takes center stage as our subjects trade verses back and forth, stepping on one another's lines with a calculated grace to brilliant effect. The XX recently finished recording their debut album in the brand new one room studio at XL Recordings' Notting Hill headquarters and its currently being readied for release through Young Turks this September. XL have gambled (and lost?) on teenage bands before, but if "Crystalised" is any indication they're onto a surefire winner here.

MP3: "Crystalised" - The XX

In other news, everyone's favorite song from SXSW is now up for free download over at Domino Records. Don't sleep.

11 comments:

nate tape deck said...

dirrrrrty

Liam Haynes said...

I think Stars is a standout track. Absolutely gorgeous.

Bradley the Buyer said...

Haven't these guys been around a while as Xerox Teens? I'm pretty sure they've been on Rough Trade complilations and the like too so I can't see how this is their debut.

Bradley the Buyer said...

I meant to add - still a cracking tune though!

jehan said...

bit harsh on CDP. not their fault Mystery Jets released Twenty One and stole their thunder.

Neon Gold said...

Xerox Teens changed their name to XX Teens. Similar name but wildly different sound than that of The XX.

Anonymous said...

Their cover of teardrops is also very, very hot.

Rob said...

here's a question, how do you pronounce their name - the "ex ex," "exes," "double cross," "double ex" "female chromosome," or something else?

Neon said...

From conversations with people at XL it's "The Ex Ex" as far as I know.

Ludo said...

really liking the blog recently - some great songs, including this one. keep up the good work...

fratster said...

ya Stars is a legit track