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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The XX at the Bowery Ballroom




I was a little late in giving this British quartet turned trio my seal of approval. We've been listening to their album "XX" around the house, and I was curious to see how the group's minimal sound, as well as their dreamy vocals, were carried out live. The result was very well and quite skillfully. Their singing is mesmerizing: the girl's whispy, soft voice is beautifully complemented by the bass player's deeper, raspier (while still quite airy) one. When I first heard them, after a few minutes of their mood-setting intro, I was wowed. After a while I couldn't tell each song apart because I'm not too familiar with their repertoire. My stand out list includes one of their singles, Basic Space (video'd below to the left), and the one that sounds like a nouveau-Chris Isaak's Wicked Game called Infinity (video'd below to the right, solely for music sample sake). The show's lighting was coherent with the Basic Space video and made for a striking visual. Also notable was the guy on the MPC's masterly performance; how he manipulated such a variety of drum sounds so swiftly is beyond me. Then again, this is coming from a girl who can't hop on one foot and clap at the same time- zero physical coordination!



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