The xx are back with “Angels”, the first cut from their brand new album Coexist. The London minimalists arrived fully formed with a pitch perfect For The Carnation inspired sound and an unmistakeable downbeat look in 2008, and promptly won the Mercury Music Prize in 2009.
There are two major pitfalls with big follow up records; copying the original formula that brought success and failing to progress, and blowing up the sound, making it mainstream, smoothing it out, or adding a new wealth of sounds you didn’t previously have access to, for…well…no real reason.
“Angels” avoids both plights, the track is entirely unguarded and intense. The vocal is effectively hung out to dry. There is nothing coy about this track, Romy Madley Croft has no where to hide, and neither does the listener, as she “They would be as in love with you as I am”. Gorgeous.