I interviewed The xx for Epigram Music
The xx act coy about the success of their astoundingly beautiful debut made “for the after-the-party party”
When asked for three words to describe the xx’s music, lead singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim are confounded. It comes as little surprise that they struggle with this conundrum. “Melancholic and uplifting” are two contrasting words often associated with the oxymoronic four-piece from South West London, and the group cite contemporary r’n'b and the likes of The Cure, The Kills and Pixies as their biggest influences. They really are quite a puzzle. But there is no question or confusion when it comes to the success the band have witnessed in the last few months.