|Official Release Date||Oct 20, 2009|
track listing1. Intro2. Vcr3. Crystalised4. Islands5. Heart Skipped a Beat6. Fantasy7. Shelter8. Basic Space9. Infinity10. Night Time11. Stars
descriptionDebuts as fully formed and confident as the xx's self-titled first album are rare, but then, there is very little that is typical about this band or their music. Their influences are wide-ranging -- traces of post-punk, dream pop, dubstep, indie pop, and R&B pop up at any given moment -- but are focused into songs that are as simple as they are unique and mysterious. These tracks are so sleek, they're practically sculptural, and they boast impeccably groomed arrangements. The beats pulse rather than crash; the guitars are artfully picked and plucked; and the vocals rarely rise above a wistful sigh.
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