Is there such a thing as subdued rock? Well the XX are surely making that their calling card. Their debut album is super subdued and touches on angst an amazing achievement for the band. Guitars and synthesized drum beats serve as the background to singers Romy Madley Croft, and Oliver Sim. They double up on the vocals and play off of each other enhancing the melodrama understated melodies, with passion just below the surface.
The Mash-up between the band is shown in segments, slowly whetting the appetite of it listeners for what’s to follow. The sound clash between the two vocalists makes for the albums most compelling singles, including ‘Basic Space’. Crofts voice is light, and has a hint of soul and in contrast to Sim’s dead pan delivery is simplistic but creates just the right mood.
Keep a look out, the xx are definitely creating a buzz.