After teasing for years, after Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim went off as hermits and after Jamie Smith went across the world and back touring the house music scene with his solo debut, In Colour, I wanted to know how Smith’s newfound luscious production would mesh with the trademark minimalism of the xx.
The Sophomore Slump? How in the hell does a band follow a debut like Zaba? Where does one go after taking listeners for a ride down the Amazon? If you have these questions, then Glass Animals would like to invite you to a change of scene with How To Be A Human Being. I didn’t think they could do it, but, slowly and gently, Glass Animals takes the listener from the depths of the Amazon to a suburban Sahara. The key here …
In Colour is a companion piece. It's a showcase, an oasis for the earbuds.
The xx know how to break your heart. And they only need a pair of headphones to do it, too
Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi and Jamie Smith are tired and heartbroken with a guitar, a bass, a keyboard and a drum machine. They stay low-key, happiness is merely a flutter in the heart.
For 77 minutes, Clapton’s alchemical guitar work is at its absolute peak as he explores themes of unrequited love, singing, playing and pleading to find a way to Layla’s heart.
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is a long ass title. But hey, I’m not complaining. Especially not when the product sounds like the love child of Prince and the xx. Yep, the 1975 manage to somehow combine the Minneapolis sound with minimalist millennial methods to create one of the most heart-wrenching dance experiences of 2016. Fuck that, one of the most heart-wrenching dance experiences of my life is more like it. I don’t …