The XX by Amy Price

words & photos by Amy Price

 

It's been too long since The xx were in Austin. Two sold-out shows at ACL Live and a spectacular stage presentation with walls of vertically rotating mirrors and lights were just for starters. The English 3-piece band are on tour for the first half of 2017 in support of their recent album, I See You, (which explains the mirrors), and the new music, blended with the best of their previous albums, gave the enthusiastic audience something they were certainly clamoring for. The xx tours infrequently, and even rarer solo performances by band members - including Jamie xx's turn at SXSW in 2016 - draw huge attention.

Opener, Sampha, blends EDM and soul in a genre-bending melange that fit well musically with The xx's own eclectic mix. This was the UK artist's first visit to Austin, and The xx made a good move to include him in their tour. The xx will return to Austin in October for both weekends of ACL Fest.