So it looks like The xx’s recent Texas sessions were merely the beginning of the trio’s third album. According to a Dazed interview with XL’s in-house producer, Rodaidh McDonald, the record is also being written in Iceland, with plans to possibly hit France as well. Unlike past releases, most of the group’s new music was inspired by their recent New York residency at Park Avenue Armory and time spent in Texas, thinking about fresh sounds and recording techniques in non traditional venues like Donald Judd’s modern art museum.
“It’s a completely different concept,” McDonald explained. “The colors and the ideas and the moods on some of these songs are just not things you would write in London. It’s about opening things up a bit more. They are a London band, but they’re also a band that’s spent a lot of time in different countries. So we’re trying to push that further with the Iceland trip, which is happening in July.”
As for the ever elusive Jai Paul, McDonald said they just did some vocal production together but it’s unclear whether any of it will come out. “It’s just a very long process for him … He’s been working on [his album] for years. One of the things that I sort of identified was that he might benefit from some help using vocals. But his music sounds so good, he doesn’t need any help, I think he’s perfect.”
Here’s an Instagram video of The xx toying with wide open spaces in Marfa, Texas…