The xx – xx
We’re a third of the way through October now. The sunshine songs from earlier this year don’t fit as well anymore. It’s time for music that’s a little moodier. A little more subdued. A little more melancholy. Something like the debut from The xx.
That’s not to say there isn’t joy to be found on this record. But this production is so intimate that you might find yourself taken to a strange place. Especially if you can let yourself be immersed in the music. Everything is scaled back, the beats pulse, the guitars echo, the vocals are almost conversational. The whole affair feels rather effortless, and, perhaps as a result, profound.
Musically, The xx are coming from a lot of different directions. You’ll hear everything from Interpol to the Pixies to one song that sounds strangely reminiscent of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” But the entire album has a cohesive feel to it, and at just over 38 minutes, chances are you’ll have a hard time not listening to it in its entirety.
The summer is over. It gets dark earlier. It’s colder now. You might not want to wear a jacket when you go out, but that’s what you’ve got to do. Accept it. You can’t change the earth’s orbit; there’s no need to even try. Appreciate the fall for what it is, and the elegance that it holds.
Favorite Tracks: “Crystalised,” “Infinity,” “Islands”