I’m buried under end of semester grading right now (exacerbated by having crawled under the covers with a Michael Connelly novel for a few days to sleep through a cold), so I have not had time to devote to my blog.
But rather than let the absence linger even longer, I thought I’d throw together a quick homage to one of my favorite bands, The xx.
A couple months ago, they took over the huge Park Avenue Armory in New York to stage a number of intimate shows:
Last week, Geoff Rickly of the band Thursday posted his moving review for the concert over at Talkhouse. Sounds even more amazing than the video makes it look.
I have definitely listened to The xx’s debut more than any other album in the past decade. The first song that really caught my ear was “VCR”:
I’ve always thought it echoes David Bowie’s “‘Heroes'”:
I never connected “Infinity” to any other song . . .
. . . until I read Simon Reynolds in his highly recommended Retromania:
On the self-titled debut by The xx, who deservedly won the 2010 Mercury Prize with their fresh meld of skeletal post-punk and sombre dubstep, the track ‘Infinity’ is blatantly related to Chris Isaak’s 1989 song ‘Wicked Game’: it really is a study, an exercise in technique, in the sense that the band have written a new song entirely within the very specific sonic palette and emotional atmosphere of Isaak’s original.”
Now I can’t hear The xx’s song without hearing Isaak’s. Not that there is anything wrong with that.