My good friend Mat (only one "t" necessary, no need for redundancy) recently introduced me to The XX. Although the band is only four years old and have only released one studio LP, the Guardian UK placed them at number one on their "Album of the Year List", NME ranked them at number two, Pitchfork at number three and Rolling Stone at number nine.
Southwest Londoners and lifelong friends Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft formed The XX in 2005. However, they can trace their musical relationship back to an early 1990's photo of three year-old Oliver and Romy sharing a xylophone.
"The enveloping vocal partnership of Romy and Oliver is one that would've dropped-jaws in any decade this century, and set amidst a shivering sound scape of beats and plucks, their bedroom-reared concrete-soul is being justly heralded as the UK's most original and treasured alt-pop artifact of late".
They became a proper band at the Elliott School, also the birthplace of Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. "Me and Oliver were sitting typing on word. And I was like 'I like x's, I really like x's'. I just thought it was aesthetically pleasing. X is a really nice symbol," Romy said. "People always laugh at me picking out x's in like shadows and train bridges".
Check here to see if the XX have any gigs scheduled near you.
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The XX rock.
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