A few months ago, I wrote up the track ‘Crystalised’ by the British four-piece The xx for NPR’s Second Stage, and the song still give me the chills when I hear it. It’s wonderfully sparse and restrained, but it still has an infectious bass line and an undeniable pulse. Check out the video:
Sure, they look young British wannabe punks, but energy radiates from this song, and the chemistry between the two two lead singers (Oliver and Romy) is palpable. In an interview, Oliver (bass, vox) revealed that although their band is still young, he and Romy have known each other since they were three years old.
“Having known each other for so long it took a while for Romy and me to get the courage to sing in front of one another, no one would go first. To compromise we decided to sing at the same time and it just seemed to work nicely.”
The 2-song EP that I got this past spring was promising, and it left me craving more. Luckily, their full-length, Basic Space, drops this week. I only hope it will be available stateside and not just as an import.