It's the perfect stark backdrop for the way bassist-vocalist Oliver Sim and guitarist-vocalist Romy Madley Croft build thick tension out of minute intimacy, doing more with awkward eye-contact, muttered confessions or mid-breakup negotiations than most bands do with a whole love affair.
On the first two xx albums, 2009's xx and 2012's Coexist, every bit of music – be it a ripple of reverb-heavy guitar or a dubby bass line or a distant drum hit – seemed organized for maximum less-is-more impact. Credit for that goes to the band's producer-drummer Jamie Smith (a.k.a. Jamie xx), who also moonlights as one of the best dance-music artists in the world (see the laid-back, highbrow house tracks on his 2015 solo LP In Colour). He really kicks up his game on the xx's third album, with a more expansive sound that's thick with disco throb, eclectic pop grandeur and big- ballad hunger.Read more at RollingStone