The xx

Last week, UK trio the xx released "Angels," the lead track from their upcoming second album Coexist and their first new song in three years. It is, in typical xx fashion, a song of almost infuriating restraint. A guitar line floats, Romy Madley Croft barely breathes some lyrics about "silent devotion" and fastidious love, a snare rolls in the far distance, and a few carefully placed bass notes drop. Like their best songs, it's as much about what's not there: the space between sounds, but also on "Angels" the absence of co-vocalist Oliver Sims' louche counterpoints or Jamie Smith's animating beat. And so, it's the perfect intro to the new album, which is rumored to capitalize on Smith's rapid growth as a producer by incorporating more electronic elements. This song's absence and longing only makes it that much sweeter when the next one finally drops, with a beat, with a duet, with a whole album behind it. With Jacques Greene. ERIC GRANDY

Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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