Romy Madley Croft’s voice is soothing which aids to the transitions from soft riffs to punk rhythms. Accompanied by Oliver Sim (bassist) on vocals, somehow brings monotone singing wide acceptance. This first album is a compilation between Romy Madley Croft (Vocals, Guitar), Oliver Sim ( Vocals, Bass),Jamie Smith (Beats, MPC) and Baria Qureshi (Keys, Guitar). With the exceptions of “Fantasy ” which is written by Oliver Sim and “Shelter” which is written by Romy Madley Croft.Coming to appreciate “The XX” I shortly realized that they reminded me of another one of my other favourite UK bands “Massive Attack”.
It was within the first play that my “Heart Skipped A Beat” and I was in fact a new found fan of “The XX”. What was surprising for me is that Post Punk can be hard for me to appreciate during first play. As cliché as it is to say this is one catchy album, my favourite track was instant- “Basic Space”. If you haven’t heard of this album it’s definitely worth your time.On stage their music sets you into a trance state of mind. They were one of the last headliners at the 2010 Southside Music Festival in Germany and after a long day of rain and mud, I pursued the stage with much curiosity. They’re in simplest forms a band, so their live performance was true to their album but it was very subdued performance for a festival.