Credit: XLBritish bedroom pop darlings The xx were young when they left home and conquered the blogosphere. So young that it seemed miraculously conceived, their eponymous debut in 2009 and its cornering of a range of heartache usually met in quarter-life. But so went the harrowing new teen chord they struck, too drum-machine sparse and single-note reverb to trip up in the shoegaze bin and too progressive to be folk. “Go slow,” reptitively closes the female-male harmonies on breakout single “Crystalized.”

So the press wave that the beat-maker of the crew, Jamie Smith, couldn’t help but reveal something hard of this new sophomore effort three years later, the sweaty influence of all these clubs they’d been raging at since they had a chance to actually be kids again is even more curious. That is until you hear this first reverb familiar taste from Coexist dubbed “Angels,” mining the same spacious tension the new crew of teenagers in love struck gold with in ’09. Except this time Romy Madley Croft’s pillow-side coo leaves doubtless its past tearing apart of some heart, met with the softest tambourine shake heard round the internets and a bridge-chorus so boiled down R&B tender a new stride it coddles its own unrequited love:

And everyday
I am learning about you
The things that no one else sees
And the end comes too soon
Like dreaming of angels
And leaving without them
And leaving without them

 

Being
As in love with you as i am
Being
As in love with you as i am
Being
As in love, love, love