It’s been just over three years since the epidemic formally known as The xx spread across the globe with the release of their debut self-titled album, bringing jubilation to critics and listeners alike. It’s hard to believe that a year before the album was released the trio consisting of guitarist/singer Romy Madley Croft, singer/bassist Oliver Sim, and producer/percussionist Jamie Smith were still in high school. After finishing up a series of high-profile summer festivals in 2010, the group began working on their sophomore LP Coexist, due out September 11th of this year. The band has mentioned that the new album will have more of a “club music” feel to it, citing the influences of all the partying they’ve been doing the past few years.
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Madley spoke of the new album’s lyrics staying consistent with old, in that each song is a love song but that there is also a strong focus on the growth and development of the band members together. With the release of the first track “Angels,” you don’t yet hear the house music influences – but the composition is ethereal and infectious like the first album. It doesn’t jump out at you but I think its value, like all of their songs, is in its subtlety. To put it simply: it’s great bedroom music. One of the first responses I read about this song was “I can’t wait to have sex to this album,” so there you go. Enjoy this track for now, hopefully there will be more singles to come in the months ahead. Until then, keep up with the band on their official website and Facebook.