I had the extreme luck of covering The xx concert at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City last July 30, and not being a fan, I had to Google everything about them so I could produce a decent article about the British ‘atmospheric music’ group. Then I realized they’re pretty awesome and I am pathetic for not detecting them in my radar. Maybe I am too mainstream.
The xx are a pretty interesting bunch in the independent scene by virtue of their unique brand of music. There are a lot of really talented British bands in the independent music scene (The Wombats, Hold Fire, does Keane still count?) but more often than not they have a similar sound. But The xx is different. I’ve written about it in formal terms in the article I wrote but I guess the colloquial way of saying it is that they’re trippy- the kind of music you’d love to hear when you’re not sober.