Experimental Music Love

July 15, 2009

The xx – Basic Space

Filed under: Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:11 pm

The xx – Basic Space



There’s just something about The xx that just can’t help but surely cause many to think ‘why bother with these pretentious morons’. From the unnecessary lower case letters in the name (one more and you’d have a Vin Diesel movie), to the insistence that, although they went to the same school as Burial and Hot Chip, they stand alone in their ‘universal resonance’ there’s just something instantly dislikable about the whole package.

As with The Horrors though, judging the aesthetic shouldn’t matter when the substance is actually quite good. And it really is on this, their second single. It’s sparse, pleasant, calming pop, with the combination of male and female vocals effective in adding to a sensuality offered by delicate percussion and tingly guitar. A pleasant surprise.

7.3/10

Release Date: 03 Aug

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