The XX return with a special outdoor show at the grand Somerset House.
The London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
These four nineteen and twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending south west London’s Elliot School – the comp whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.
Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rhianna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.
These influences combine via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce a stark, sweet melancholic pop.
The band’s debut album xx was released via XL Recordings imprint Young Turks to huge critical acclaim this summer.
An inherent contradiction, the tension between two forces that are unexpectedly tied together, is often the source of the power of great art. This is especially true in music; indeed, many of the most thrilling bands and records of our generation have shown the excitement and beauty that can often spring from such internal paradoxes.
‘xx’ Press Quotes:
“A triumph of young, idiosyncratic vision” – NME 8/10
“Heart-stopping stuff” – Mojo ****
“Utterly electrifying” – The Observer
“Sounding seriously, honestly – unbelievably! – unlike any other pop music going” – Dazed & Confused
“A remarkable debut” – Sunday Times ****
“A magnificently moody new world of indie-soul” – The Times ****
“One of the year’s most beautiful and original debut albums” – The Telegraph ****
“Seductively special” – Observer Music Monthly ****
Tickets on sale Friday 26th March from: