The xx

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here. Like last year, this year’s trio of headliners—Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar—come as no surprise seeing as they leaked several months ago.

That aside, the line-up has its share of surprises. Case in point: Hans Zimmer. Yes. The film composer Hans Zimmer. This performance is one I’m looking forward to seeing. Other surprises of note come in the form of Toots & the Maytals, Lee Fields and the Expressions, and Röyksopp. Other notable artists performing at Coachella 2017 are, Bon Iver, The xx, Lorde, New Order, BANKS, Justice, The Avalanches, S U R V I V E, Four Tet, Richie Hawtin, Kaytranada, Mitski, and Car Seat Headrest.

For those who are looking to score a wristband for either weekend of Coachella, the remaining allotment goes on sale 1/4 at 10am. Good luck! If you need to some background music for your wait, click here.

The xx

You wouldn’t know it just by looking at me, but back in my mid-teens I was way into Electronica; this was before it was known as “EDM,” and before a lot of these raves, like EDC, were on the massive scale that they are now. I haven’t been to a rave in years—the closest I get nowadays is the Sahara tent a.k.a. the Dance tent at Coachella—but my love for the music hasn’t waned at all. I still visit a lot of my favorite tracks every now and then via my Spotify playlist “Everything Starts With An E[DM].” A title inspired by the Ezee Posse classic, “Everything Starts With An E.” And I still listen to a lot of classic mixes, and albums. Because of this, I was excited to see that the xx had covered the House classic, and a personal favorite, “Finally” by Kings of Tomorrow.

What I gather from this cover is two things: One, this track is great no matter the form. And the other, the xx can really do no wrong at this point. Their albums are solid. Their covers are great and unique in their selection. In short, they’re a really talented lot. Looking forward to seeing them at Coachella again.

The xx‘s highly-anticipated sophomore album, Coexist, doesn’t arrive till the Fall but, you can whet your pallet until then with album opener “Angels.” The song itself is more of the same atmospheric, sensual and brooding indie-pop that the xx do so well.

However, I feel like “Angels” is the quiet before the storm. I get the sense from the snare that comes into the song a minute in that Coexist isn’t going to be xx V.2. I’m thinking this record is going to be darker than its predecessor. Than again, I could be looking into it a bit much.

Take a listen to it below, and decide for yourself.

Coexist is out 9/11 via Young Turks