Three years ago, they made their remarkable debut with an eponymous album. It had been a long time since they had played us something new, indeed, but finally, The XX are back with the first single of their upcoming album “Coexist“.
With ”Angels“, The XX disclosed a first single that stays true to their aesthetics. This track is a minimal beauty to be listened to during the night time, cleared from any unecessary sound. Right from the intro, my heart skipped a beat on hearing the sweet crystal-clear and voluptuous guitar so characteristic of them. It sets this perfect intimate atmosphere as if Romy, Oliver and Jamie were pouring their hearts and teardrops intro their work right in front of us. For us.
The vocals are absolutely poignant and perfectly interprete the touching lyrics. Once again it’s about these in-between moments that mean a lot, these unspoken words and silences that say so much, these shadows that reflect the infinity. All these little things illustrating that The XX know so well how to crystallize. The drums only come at the end, sounding like heartbeats as a testament of the love mentionned by the lyrics.
If Angels appears to be the intro of Coexist, it works just like a teaser introducing all the basic elements that create the magic. This album is going to be a certain masterpiece.
”Coexist, references lost love from exes or the person you’re with now. It’s about the idea of unity, to Coexist is about learning to live with someone, kind of a compromise…”.
Coexist – Album Tracklist
- Swept Away
- Our Song
Release date: September 10th (US: 11th)