Photo: Jamie-James Medina
Given all the press Jamie xx has seen on his own over the past year and a half, it was sometimes a question of whether or not The xx would ever make a followup to their much-loved 2009 debut “xx.” Luckily we had some recent performances of new material to keep us on ice.
Now it’s official: The xx will follow their debut with the highly anticipated “Coexist” on September 10 via Young Turks. Jamie had previously spoke with The Fader about how the group’s next album would be more club oriented, much like the the post-dubstep influence that had crept into his work on the Gill Scott-Heron remix album “We’re New Here” and his “Far Nearer” single.
That being said, this new demo for the song “Open Eyes,” which the band released on YouTube today, is nothing of the sort. Sparse, desolate and haunting, it’s very much in the vein of the chilly “Infinity,” a song that more or less formed the climax of their first album.
Whatever “Coexist” may hold, we eagerly anticipate its release, as well as the band’s upcoming tour where they’ll be hitting up several spots in Europe, as well as Japan and a few U.S. shows.
Check out the “Open Eyes” demo, as well as their upcoming summer tour dates below.
The xx — “Open Eyes”
06-08 Turin, Italy – Traffic Festival
06-09 Porto, Portugal – Optimus Primavera Sound
06-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06-16 Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
06-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-23 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06-27 Haervic, Norway – Hove Festival
06-29 Arras, France – Main Square Festival
06-30 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-04 Tokyo, Japan – Liquid Room
07-07 Gdynia, Poland – Heineken Open’er Festival
07-14 Joensuu, Finland – Ilosaarirock Festival
07-23 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
07-25 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
07-28 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theater
07-29 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
07-31 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
08-02 New York, NY – Terminal 5
08-09 Sibinek, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-31 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-07 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival