Watch The xx’s New Behind-the-Scenes Short Film About Their Berlin Lollapalooza Show

 

The xx have released a new short film, titled We See You – Berlin, featuring backstage, behind-the-scenes moments with the band as well as interview footage with their most hardcore German fans.

It’s the first in a series of new clips that will offer insider glimpses into what it’s like being The xx. The film is directed by Sylvie Weber and shows the band as they prepare for their Lollapalooza Berlin concert this past September.

 

 

Related | The xx Collaborates with Raf Simons on ‘I Dare You’ Video

The xx have been on a world tour for nearly a year supporting their current studio album I See You. Revisit their Saturday Night Live performance of the album’s lead single, “On Hold,” below.

 

The xx’s Gorgeous New ‘I Dare You’ Video Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, & Paris Jackson

The xx’s new music video, for their song “I Dare You,” brings together a legenedary creative team to paint a colorful, invigorating video that’s basically Ferris Bueller meets Calvin Klein F/W 17. That’s because director Alasdair McLellan collaborated with CK creative director Raf Simons on the project, and employed the talents of some of fashion and entertainment’s brightest up-and-comers to be in the video: Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu, and Ernesto Cervantes.

The video is “our love letter to Los Angeles,” the band said, “a city close to our hearts where we wrote and recorded parts of our album I See You.”

It’s the third video the xx has done with McLellan, and their first time with Simons contributing creative direction.

“It was amazing to work with both of them and such a pleasure to meet and work with Millie, Paris, Ashton, Lulu and Ernesto,” they continued. “Thank you to Calvin Klein and everyone involved.”

The video sees the five young stars playing hooky and visiting a haunted spot in Los Angeles where they slow dance next to a swimming pool. It’s romantic, lo-fi magic, and you can watch it right now, below:

The xx Release Gorgeous Doc Film About Their Night + Day Festival

Following the success of their seven-day “Night + Day” festival in South London’s Brixton Academy, the xx have released a documentary short film of the same name, providing private insight into the record-breaking music event.

“Night + Day” featured concerts, talks, film screenings, and community events – collaborators in the festival included Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, Robyn, and Jehnny Beth of Savages, all of whom are included in the doc.

“Coming back to Brixton and just seeing how everyone just co-exists really beautifully, I love that,” says the xx’s Romy Croft in the film. “‘Night + Day’ was originally just an idea to do something a bit different, and a bit more than just a gig. To be honest, we didn’t know that these Brixton shows were going to become ‘Night + Day’ – it just sort of happened in an organic way because we were suddenly playing all these shows.”

Take a look at the 21-minute doc below:

The xx’s New Video For ‘Say Something Loving’ is a Loving Tribute to London Youth

The xx have released the retro new vid for their song “Say Something Loving,” off their third studio album, I See You. The video, directed by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan, presents a lo-fi portrait of young love in London: there’s depictions of queer couples in arcades, skate parks, and parties, and a glimmering image of the sun setting behind the city’s silhouetted skyline.

“We wanted to celebrate our home town and revisit some of the places that remind us of our friendship when we were growing up,” said the band of the video, a love letter to their hometown. “We’re so happy to be back home and so excited to begin our Night + Day residency in Brixton this week!”

Watch the full video below:

Tomorrow the xx launch their Night + Day Festival in London, which last over a week, before embarking on a tour across North America that will include stops headlining Lollapalooza and Coachella. Tickets for their upcoming shows are available here.

Watch The xx’s New Black-and-White Video for “Fiction”

With their spaced-out melancholic tunes, The xx are the perfect sonic accompaniment for lonesome wandering through the night, swaying gently under the moon, or rolling around the sheets on summer’s night. You hear their particular brand of downtrodden yet catchy pop and feel like sinking into an atmosphere a little darker, slipping into something more comfortable, and moving at a languid pace.

And with their new video for "Fiction" off Coexist, we see lead singer Oliver Sam meandering from a sparse looking home out into nature, dancing ever-so-slightly, dragging his feet along the dusty terrtain, and mournfully pondering his lovelorn self. Shared today by the band, their video for "Fiction" plays out  with a sikly black-and-white texture perfectly fitting for their signature sound, directed by Young Replicant.

See for yourself below.

An Awesome French House Tribute From Jessie Ware and The xx

Over the weekend, The xx’s Night + Day festival series, a curated day of live acts organized in the wake of their most recent album, hit Berlin’s Spreepark. The day featured performances from Mount Kimbie, The Chromatics, Mykki Blanco and, of course, The xx themselves. But the highlight of the set, via this video from Hannah Marshall (and shared by Pitchfork), came when the headliners brought out a special guest, rising British R&B star Jessie Ware. 

The xx launched into what appeared to be a medley of internationally beloved French house classics from the late ’90s and early oughties. The xx kicks things off with an interpretation of Modjo’s "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" in the typical, subtle, moody xx style. Then, they bring on Ware, who brings power and light to Stardust’s "Music Sounds Better With You" and busts this medley wide open. The rest of it goes on rather pleasantly, but for Ware’s entrance alone, it’s worth a watch and a listen.

The xx Release New Track for ‘Gatsby’ Soundtrack, ‘Together’

Another week, and The Great Gatsby hype snowball rolls faster and gains more circumference. And, following the releases of new jams from the packed, Jay-Z-helmed soundtrack including Florence + The Machine’s big and loud "Over the Love," we’ve got another new offering this week.

This time, the new track comes from oh-so-relaxing British Medical Association-approved sleep aids The xx. It’s called “Together,” and it’s very gentle and slow-burning and nice, which are all adjectives one could use to describe a lot of songs by The xx.

The only thing is that after trailers featuring the bumping “No Church in the Wild” and the weird, yowling Filter cover of “Happy Together,” as well as bolder soundtrack offerings, and given the general over-the-top nature of Gatsby himself, Baz Luhrmann and, from first impressions, this movie, the track almost seems too subtle for something so totally, well, unsubtle. Listen below.

Listen to ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack Sampler

The Great Gatsby as told by Baz Luhrmann is a mixed bag, with 3D effects and overblown sets and probably acting adding who knows what to an already excellent story. Can you tell I’m not sold on this yet? Well, as we gleefully look forward to what will certainly be the movie event of the spring, let’s take a break from all of the trailers and posters and listen to snippets from the soundtrack. With musical direction from Jay-Z, the album is all over the place. First of all, there’s the anticipated cover of "Back to Black" performed by Beyoncé and André 3000. And there’s also a new songs from Lana Del Rey, Sia, The xx, and Jack White. Plus a ’20s-inspired cover of Beyoncé’s "Crazy in Love." (Alright, I’m officially eye-rolling over this Pastiche for Dummies collection.) But at the very end of the day, I know I’m pumped that Fergie and GoonRock finally got it together.

Weekend Recovery: ‘Sunset’ Remix

The xx already make music ideal for pulling the covers up to your chin and ignoring the world for a few hours more. “Sunset,” off of last year’s ultimately underrated Coexist, is a hushed, subzero kind of song—and here it gets a bit stirred up by Kim Ann Foxman, who was previously a part of Hercules & Love Affair.

And who says all dance music has to be abrasive bangers? Foxman’s take on “Sunset” preserves all the up-close dialogue and complicates the beat with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker. In the end, she’s warming up the song itself, pulling it out of its desolation.

(I won’t try to explain what the video for this depicts. Just know that it’s weird and pretty, and very soothing.)

 

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