The xx: xx

Admittedly I may be a little late to hop on this bandwagon, but after some introspection I can heartily recommend the debut by The xx.  For the uninitiated they are a three-piece from southwest London.  How to describe it?  A more tolerable version of The Knife?  There are dueting female and male vocals laid over minimalist keyboard, guitar and drum machine.

They have an opening set on Dec. 1st at Bottom Lounge and will return in April 2010 opening for Hot Chip at The Riviera.  In the meantime, check out the album xx.  Their sound also hearkens back to the best days of New Order or early Interpol, though a majority of the vocals are sung by a female. 

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