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The xx- Coexist

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After a three-year silence, London's minimalistic indie pop group The xx is back with their sophomore album. Titled Coexist, the record is the followup to 2009's (sort of) self-titled xx. The band has made it available to stream via an embeddable widget, which you can find above.

Those who gravitated towards the first The xx album specifically for its sparse sonic approach are likely not to be disappointed with the instrumentation here; it's as stripped down as it ever has been with the group. However, this isn't to suggest that the group hasn't made any changes. The heavy post-punk influence on their debut has been swapped out for prominent future garage elements, perhaps mirroring member Jamie xx's recent success with the genre (e.g. the Gil Scott-Heron remix album We're New Here). This new production style lends The xx's music a smoother and more understated edge, allowing the group to take on a more intimate form than they have in the past. These songs aren't as structurally developed as they could be, but regardless, it is difficult not to admire the band's penchant for delivering subtly passionate music.