The xx: I See You

A coming out.

With this title, The xx emerge from the dark, exposing themselves for the first time to a broader audience.

It’s not so much that they’ve suddenly turned ‘commercial’, but perhaps that they’ve relented to the idea of the Top 40 embracing more eclectic styles. It’s through this The xx have finally struck the delicate balance between embracing their success and delivering conceptual art.

The opener, for example, is an unapologetic party song – ghostly and ambient, sure, but it opens with horns. Horns!

Despite all this, it does venture inwards at times, so as not to lose their most loyal fans. But count I See You as their coming out party: proud, re-energised and as creative as ever.


This review was originally published in Fashion Journal 165. You can read it here.

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