The Wandsworth based trio of The xx, comprising of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, had the world charmed with their stellar self-titled album in 2009. It remains one of the gems from the time with music from the album making its presence felt across the Dance scene, be it in the shape of the upbeat Tomorrowland 2012 after-movie feature or one of the tracks in the 2012 Project X movie. But as a band which more or less had a Fin de siècle affect on major music productions henceforth, their music – with iconic tracks like ‘VCR‘ and ‘Shelter‘ from the self-titled album and ‘Angels‘ from their sophomore album Coexist – has captivated an audience beyond their own imagination. Caught in the spiral of their mellow C86 sound and ambient-pop vocal work, their music begged a renaissance of sorts to catapult them beyond to the full potential of each of the band’s components. Actively crossing the pond between the summer of March 2014 and August 2016 they’ve worked on just that to give shape to their new album I See You.
The third album sees the band utilize it’s facilities to the fullest with Jamie Smith, or Jamie xx, putting his revered production skills to use with great aplomb accompanied by the renewed strength in songwriting and vocals that Romy and Sim showcase in the album. While Jamie xx samples Alessi Brothers‘ ‘Do You Feel It‘, David Lang‘s ‘Just‘ and 80’s hit-makers Hall & Oates‘ ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)‘ for this venture, the album is dominated by the resurgence of Romy and Sim’s magic behind the microphone as the guiding force. Bold and comparatively more polished in their sound, the two lead from the front as tracks like ‘Lips‘, ‘On Hold‘ and ‘Test Me‘ featuring a sometimes eerie dream-like scenario with their voice or an upbeat one. I See You is assured to be another path changing album for the London residents given the success experienced by their previous releases have had on and beyond the charts.
You can stream I See You on Spotify below.