Riff: The xx – “Tides”

Sep 4, 2012

Fade out of view/I wouldn’t do that to you

from Tides lyrics by The xx

Another tired lyrical twist hinging on a nautical term, it’s the plainspoken minimalism that allow these three to create the perfect cooing storm, Madley Croft and Sim leading the a cappella clenched-fist, Jamie xx chiming in a shambling oil-drum percussion that just hangs there like a cloud.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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