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New The xx album to land in January

By | Published on Friday 11 November 2016

The xx

The xx yesterday announced details about their mildly anticipated new album. The press release says “highly anticipated”, but while it is true I have been anticipating the follow up to ‘Coexist’ for quite some time now, I have a policy of not rewarding slow-coach musicians with higher levels of anticipation for their new records.

Still, ‘I See You’ will arrive via your good friends at Young Turks on 13 Jan, and that’s nice. Whereas the outfit’s previous two albums were recorded in London, recording sessions for this one took place in Reykjavik, New York, LA and the Texan city of Marfa in addition to the UK capital, so perhaps the more than four years since the last record was them waiting for the streaming boom to fully come of age to help pay for all that travelling. Quick, get it out before the streaming market crashes into oblivion.

If you want to know what the extra geography adds to the band’s sound, go check out lead single ‘On Hold’. It samples Hall & Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’, something Daryl Hall apparently likes, and only partly because of the incoming royalties. Take a listen. The press release reckons these new recordings have “more clarity and ambition”, but I’m still a bit suspicious of the press release because of the whole “highly anticipated” thing.