Song of the Day, March 22: VCR by the xx

XXVCRToday’s song is a moment of early genius from a promising young band. The xx took the music world by storm in 2010 with one of the finest debut albums of the past two decades. The nearly eponymous disc features the vocal work of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, providing open, delicate music with Baria Qureshi and Jamie “xx” Smith. VCR is the first vocal track on the album and sets the stage nicely.

Croft and Sim alternate vocals, coming together in an aching harmony on the chorus. With a dark, subtle guitar and sprightly keyboard providing a spare but effective framework, they tell a tale of need and uncertainty. The mixture of a very modern, open sound and an antiquated bit of title technology contributes to the tension with a bit of a wink, demonstrating the charming power of this band.

Enjoy this fun song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, March 22: VCR by the xx

  1. ayitl says:

    it has a great video too

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