Closer: The lights go on for The xx

Funny this article by The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones should appear in my RSS feed when it did; I spent my drive to-and-from Nashville this weekend lurching from intrigue to adoration for The xx. Be it the overblown hype or the internet giving me too many musical options to choose from in recent months, I hadn’t given the young Londoners so much as a full-song’s attention. After this weekend, with The xx soundtracking the bleak grays of our short trip to the North, I’m very glad I didn’t mentally relegate the band to hipster ballyhoo.

Love it when an “Intro” (MP3) sets the tone for the album experience this well.