‘Coexist’ The xx
It’s been three years since The xx’s last album. The wait was worth it.
Coexist is note-perfect. The South London trio has moved away from the slightly poppy direction of its Mercury Prize-winning self-titled debut in favor of a more stripped-down approach. The album is in parts so spare you wonder what makes it so spine-tinglingly beautiful.
The opening track, Angels, which the band teased fans with before the album’s release, almost whispers but sets the tone of the album as it builds in depth. Sunset introduces the vocals of Oliver Sim, allowing an intoxicating synergy between his voice and Romy Madley Croft’s.
The lyrics are still acutely melancholic. We used to get closer than this/Is it something you miss? Croft muses in Chained, which is reminiscent of the constant questioning the group displayed on its debut record.
And in Missing, Croft muses, Are we all we could be? The answer is a resounding yes.