The xx are celebrating their return to the live arena by playing seven nights at Brixton Academy between 8 and 15 March.
The run of hometown shows, their first since April 2014, are in support of their upcoming third album, ‘I See You’.
Preceded by the single ‘On Hold’, the follow-up to ‘xx’ and ‘Coexist’ marks a big change for the trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith. Unlike its predecessors, which were recorded in London in relative isolation, the more outward-looking and expansive ‘I See You’ was recorded in New York, Texas, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, and London.
“The record sounds triumphant and celebratory, but the journey we went on and what we had to go through to get to this point should be acknowledged,” says Smith of the album that was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016.
Making the record, Sim says, “was about us becoming less self-conscious of how we think we are expected to sound and more about making the kind of music we want to hear”.
“It’s strange to like the record as much as I like it,” reveals Smith. “It’s about seeing reflections of yourself in other people. It’s basically us understanding each other better. Being pals again. We went through lots of ways of saying that and ‘I See You’ seemed the best.”
“I never think about people watching or the audience in any way, really,” he adds, “I think about the moments on stage and the moments when we come off stage, of us just enjoying ourselves as friends. I don’t even think about how it’s going to go down on stage. I just like the memories I have of us being on stage.”
“Communication has not always been easy with us,” says Sim. “But we’re learning. The thought of sharing the stage together again is perfect. We’re all ready”.
- ‘I See You’ is released on 13 January.