Acclaimed artist Karl Sadler visual directs a visual installation featuring the XX using animated lighting and multi-screen and speaker arrays. Footage of the band is played on individual screens on ‘monoliths’ that produce their own sound source, giving a unique, interactive way of experiencing the band and their music.
posted by clearspot—May 12, 2010 — The XX playing the song “VCR” on the Centre Stage at Butlins, Minehead as part of the Matt Groening curated All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival on the evening of 8th May 2010.
This 40-second spot promoting the BBC’s coverage of the UK General Election in 2010 debuted on Wednesday 7 April, the day after the Prime Minister Gordon Brown sought the dissolution of Parliament during a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Voiced by David Dimbleby, the Corporation’s main election night anchor and host of ‘Question Time’ (the BBC’s weekly political debate programme), it is designed to reflect key battleground issues including law & order, health, education, environment, defence and the economy.
The xx are three 20-year-olds from South London who make predominantly slow, furtive dreampop music, mostly about loss. They are also one of the stranger recipients of UK hype in recent memory.
What’s So Great?
Jamie Smiths‘ technically work is like listening to early Jay-Jay Johanson without all the self-loathing. Moody and engaging – perfect for the whispery vocals. Oliver Sim‘s remind me of the first I heard Morrissey’s voice in “How Soon is Now” at age 14. Seductive and more mature than his youthful appearances let on. Romy Madley Croft‘s sexual ambiguity hides a voice reminscent of the Blow’s Khaela Maricich and Stevie Nicks - melodically pure.
The music the trio produced is like heartache and shyness. They are the grandchildren of The Smiths and the second cousins of Interpol – music which projects uncomfortable feel on the listener. While The Smiths were influence by black girl groups of the 60′s, The xx are strongly influenced by modern R&B. Which is not entirely heard in Jamie Smiths’ drum machine (though you can hear a little Timbaland), it can be heard in the lyrics.
If you enjoy any of the musicians I’ve mentioned in this post, watch this music video “Island” below. While most people only see the repetitiveness of the choreography, this video reinforces the sense of love-lost of the song.