12 O'Clock Track: The XX, "Chained" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: The XX, "Chained"


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Melancholic London R&B trio the XX swing by the Congress Theater on Saturday, a show I previewed as part of the Reader's Fall Arts issue. Like I said then, the new Coexist (Young Turks/XL) advances but doesn't overhaul the XX's skeletal, sensual sound.

On Monday the group released a video for Coexist standout "Chained," which is today's 12 O'Clock Track.

The moody, serene song works well with gray-tinted visuals, which feature slow-motion shots of XX bassist Oliver Sim and producer Jamie Smith diving into water to save guitarist Romy Madley Croft, who appears trapped beneath the surface. Leave it to the XX to romanticize drowning.