(from The XX’s 300-person record release show in Staten Island, Aug 6)

The new album by British electro-serene-pop group The XX, Coexist, has literally played on loop for me, for hours at a time….Along with Grizzly Bear’s Shields, Miguel’s entire 2011-2012 oeuvre, Chilly Gonzales’ Solo Piano II, Blood Orange tracks, and the Neighbourhood’s I’m Sorry EP. They’re not the “turn up” songs that I blast to get mentally prepared for a night out. But these are the moody blues for when I need to think about what the hell is going on. There’s a vast distinction between music you listen to when you need to be bigger than you really are…and music you listen to when you need to get a grasp on how far you have to go.

The XX’s first single off of Coexist is probably one of the most beautiful records of the year…called “Angels.” So far, there’s no official video aside from a hypnotizing 2:53 minute view of something like the inside of your eyelids. But the group has teamed up with Vice x Intel’s Creators Project  and director Young Replicant to create an official clip for their second single, “Chained” though….and much like the Grizzly Bear x Creators Project “Yet Again” video, “Chained” is all seasonal-depression lighting and gorgeous slow motion.

Watch The XX’s “Chained” video…
And a live performance of “Angels”…
After the jump

The XX, “Chained”
Directed by Young Replicant, produced in conjunction with Vice x Intel’s the Creators’ Project

soft and lovely footage of the XX’s “Angels” performed live in a skyscraper overlooking Tokyo, Japan.

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