The xx release third album 'I See You'
The xx today release their hugely anticipated third album ‘I See You’ via Young Turks.
‘I See You’ is the follow up to The xx’s two previous albums – ‘xx’ and ‘Coexist’ – which have sold over 3 million copies between them. The band have platinum and gold discs amassed from across Europe, The US and Australia, and they’re one of only three British bands to have a gold certified debut album in the US in the last decade.
‘I See You’ marks a new era for the London trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, both sonically and in terms of process. For while ‘xx’ and ‘Coexist’ were both made in relative isolation in London, ‘I See You’ was recorded between New York, Marfa TX, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and is characterised by a more outward-looking, open and expansive approach. Produced by Jamie and Rodaidh McDonald, ‘I See You’ is The xx at their boldest yet.
“The record sounds triumphant and celebratory,” says Jamie. “It’s strange to like the record as much as I like it. It’s about seeing reflections of yourself in other people. It’s basically us understanding each other better.”
Clash award 9/10, and describe ‘I See You’ as; "‘perhaps the bravest album of the band’s career, the one laden with the most changes, with the most prolonged journeys into the unexpected. Yet it also feels resolutely like The xx"
The Independent, The Guardian & NME all award 4 stars, with The Guardian praising the “warm, widescreen music and melodies amplifying the ache in the lyrics."