Listen: The xx - Angels [New Single]

on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Words: Saam Das

Angels 2012

Last night, Mercury Music Prize winners The xx unleashed their new single, 'Angels' - our first glimpse of material from the forthcoming 'Coexist' album, which will be released in September. Listen to the quietly rousing track below.

Back at Christmas, we heard 'Open Eyes', a demo recorded in the making of this new album. Whether a finalised version will appear on 'Coexist' isn't quite clear yet but regardless, 'Angels' is an excellent introduction. Romy's breathy vocals are more prominent than on the self-titled debut but once again matched by a wonderfully minimalist background.

There's almost a dream-pop vibe here, although perhaps the exclusion of Oliver's vocals is slightly detrimental - it's hard not to imagine his input emboldening 'Angels'. Nonetheless, this is a fine effort, and maintains our expectations for the forthcoming album.

'Coexist' is out on September 10th. Find more info at

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