“After many years, close together, far apart, great highs, deep lows, heartache and healing, we are so happy to let you know we are releasing our 3rd album I See You on January 13th”. This is how The XX have let their fans know earlier today, that they are back. And with this statement they released the first single to come out in 4 long years, On Hold.
We could stay indifferent to this, not only because of the emblematic return this is, but also because On Hold is right among the best songs they have released in their career. Even if this is, naturally, very different from past songs, and clearly influenced by Jamie XX latest solo work. When Oliver and Romy hit those notes, expectations are fulfilled, and it is so welcome, this feeling of return. This is once again a perfect mix of electronic, strong vocals, hard-felt lyrics, consistent drops, and beautifully crafted elements of pop.
They really got us on hold. Didn’t they?