Monday, August 24, 2009
I feel like all the new cool Pitchfork/Hype Machine bands are all these uber-trendy-electro-dance-punk-rock that no one really likes, but the internet music crowd pretends to like them because nobody has heard of them. I was pretty sure, given their spot at the top of the hypemachine's "most blogged" artists list -- see the sidebar on their website -- they were going to fit into that uber-trendy, but unlistentoable category.
But, and granted this analysis is based on two whole songs "Basic Space" and "Crystalised", the XX is much more laid back than I expected. It would be inaccurate to say that the XX is not at all part of the uber-trendy-electro band movement, but, again, based on my two song experience, they seem to be one level cooler and thus don't need to be all brash with the electro ish. I mean, look at the photo, they're so cool that they don't even look at the camera when their picture is being taken!
After doing a lot (not a lot) of research I have discovered that they have a self-titled album out now, which presumably you can purchase from the usual outlets. Also, they do a pretty cool cover of "Teardrops" (which, I guess is not a cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", so, sorry if you're an ass and were offended by that mis-cue earlier).
[mp3] The XX - Basic Space