September 7th | Posted by: NMJ
So it’s the day of The Mercury Prize awards and because I’m a very lucky boy I shall be there. And so will the group that should rightfully walk away with this year’s prize - The XX.
Their debut album, like most genuinely brilliant albums manages to create its own unique space and sound and textures. It sounded like no one else in 2009. Yes there is a passing reference or even homage to the Young Marble Giants in The XX’s minimalist, almost restrained instrumentation and arrangements. But their apparent complete inability to play even one unnecessary note or sing one word that doesn’t absolutely need to be there proves once again that in music less really can sometimes be more – and that they are the current masters in this very special art.