The xx's sophomore album, Coexist, topped the charts in several countries, including Belgium, New Zealand and Switzerland.Her mother was an art teacher and her father worked at a library.It’s the same as everything about us: We don’t want to make a big deal out of everything.
The songs were as intimate as pillow talk—murmuring and sighing against an almost silent background—but the two singers stood separated by the d.j.
booth, until Smith’s beats launched them into a dance routine as sharply etched as a tango.
Open to the public for fifty-five dollars a ticket, the shows also drew the musicians Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Madonna, as well as the filmmakers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach.
After assembling in a windowless storage area deep within the Armory, a former military headquarters on the Upper East Side, ticket-holders were led through tunnels to a small, square room, built around a shallow pit where three unsmiling figures stood in near darkness: the guitarist and singer Romy Madley Croft, with dyed black hair in a geometric cut that fell over one eye; the bassist and singer Oliver Sim, a tall man with a blond Tintin forelock; and the boyish-looking d.j./drummer Jamie xx (né Smith), who stood behind a phalanx of samplers, keyboards, and percussion instruments.
For fifty minutes, the xx played a restrained, audaciously spare version of indie rock with a pronounced dance-music edge.
Picking out single-note riffs on a chiming Les Paul, Madley Croft sang yearning lyrics in a breathy whisper (“You don’t move slow / taking steps in my direction”) while Sim, plucking widely spaced bass notes, answered in a velvety baritone (“You say I’m foolish / for pushing this aside”).They are best known for their distinct and unique minimalistic sound that blends the likes of indie pop, indie electronic, dream pop and electronic rock and the dual vocalist setup of both Croft and Sim.The band was formed when Croft and Sim met during their time at Elliott School, with Baria Qureshi joining the same year and Smith a year after.[Verse 1: Oliver Sim] They say we're in danger But I disagree If proven wrong, shame on me But you've had faith in me So I won't shy away Should it all fall down You'll have been my favourite mistake [Chorus: Romy Madley Croft Oliver Sim] They say You are dangerous, but I don't care I'm going to pretend that I'm not scared If this only ends in tears Then I won't say goodbye 'Cause I couldn't care less If they call us reckless Until they are breathless They must be blind [Verse 2: Romy Madley Croft] There are voices ringing over They keep saying, "Danger, danger" I can't make them take you under Makes no difference No one can take this away Should it all fall down, I'll treasure each day [Chorus: Romy Madley Croft Oliver Sim] They say You are dangerous, but I don't care I'm going to pretend that I'm not scared If this only ends in tears Then I won't say goodbye 'Cause I couldn't…'Cause I couldn't care less If they call us reckless Until they are breathless They must be blind [Bridge: Romy Madley Croft Oliver Sim] Let them say there are warning signs They must be blind They must be blind They say [Outro: Oliver Sim] If this only ends in tears Then I won't say goodbye , while still retaining the percussion beats and backbone by Jamie Smith, otherwise known as Jamie xx.After posting demos on their Myspace page, they drew the attention of the Beggars Group-owned label Young Turks.