Britain's The xx are a preternaturally talented pop band, noted for delivering emotional melodies over minimalist soundscapes.
With "Angels," a new song from their upcoming sophomore album, "Coexist," which will be released in September on Young Turks Records, the band proves once again that less can be more -- so, so much more.
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A twinkling guitar lead threads sparsely around a rich, yearning vocal, a scattered pulse of drums beneath. The effect is airy and moving while remaining somewhat chilly and detached.
Like a love idealized but not acted on, 'Angels' seems to hinge on the possibilities of an endless slew of "what ifs." The listener, the daydreamer in such a scenario, is left hanging on its soft hook, eager for more.
Want more xx? Check out HuffPost's interview with bandmember Oliver Sim.
The xx Fall 2012 Tour Dates:
- 10/5- Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
- 10/6- Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA
- 10/7- Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
- 10/10 - The Pool at The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV
- 10/11- Soma - San Diego, CA
- 10/12- Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
- 10/13- Hollywood Forever Cemetary - Los Angeles, CA
- 10/14 - Treasure Island - San Francisco, CA
- 1016 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
- 10/17 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
- 10/19- First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
- 10/20 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL
- 10/21- Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
- 10/24- Imperial De Quebece - Quebec City, QC
- 10/25 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
- 10/28- The Paradise Theater - Bronx, NY
- 10/29 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
- 10/30 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
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