The xx appear to be taking their time with their third album, following up sessions in Reykjavik, London, and Marfa, Texas, with another round of writing and recording in Los Angeles. Here’s what they had to say in a newsletter sent out to fans this week:
It’s been a while, we hope everything is wonderful with you.
This year has been a creative one for us so far, we have been hard at work writing and recording new music in a few different places around the world.
In the spring we spent a few weeks in the incredible and unique town of Marfa in Texas. Then, in Summer we spent some time just outside of Reykavik in Iceland. This Autumn we have been back in London, writing and having some time at home but this week we are heading out to Los Angeles to continue the writing and recording process.
Although all very different, each of these places have been inspirational environments to create music in, and each will have an influence on the new album. The whole process is a big adventure and we can’t wait for a time when we’ll be able to share the music with you.
Lots of love until then.
xx The xx
Where this leaves the long-planned solo LP of producer Jamie xx remains to be seen; in a recent FADER interview, he mostly addressed the new xx album by saying, “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it. It feels a lot more free than when we were making the last record.”
Some lucky fans were able to see a few new songs first hand at New York’s Guggenheim museum a few days ago, when the trio performed at a gala pre-party. Here’s footage of them playing the fan favorite “Islands” at it: