KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 4: The xx

photos by Carolina Rivera

As KEXP’s broadcast during CMJ mellows down to an end, so does the music with dreamy, twilight pop band The xx. The quartet of 20-years-olds from South West London were destined to make a name for themselves when they met at Elliot School, the same high school of Hot Chip, Four Tet and Burial. At the ripe age of 16, Oliver Sim (vocals/bass) and Romy Madley Croft (vocals/lead guitar) started performing band covers like The Pixies with a funkified house beat. Baria Qureshi (guitar/keyboard) and Jamie Smith (beats/production) soon joined the group, and a few years later, the foursome released their debut, self-titled album in August 2009.


photos by Carolina Rivera
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

The album, which includes hits “Basic Space” and “Crystalised” projects a peaceful nighttime vibe, cycling through dusk and dawn. Sim and Croft prefer working at night due to the creative state of being half awake. Smith also admits he likes to create beats at night when no one’s around. He actually completed the entire album during a session starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 9 a.m. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning person, The xx’s R & B meets shoegaze beats will take you to a state of dreamy bliss.

Get your tickets early for only $12 to see The xx at Nuemos on Novemeber 27 (21+ show). If you can’t make, listen to their melodies from the comfort of your computer on their Web site.

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