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The xx confirm they’re working on new music

It would be the band’s first release since 2017’s I See You

A New Year’s update from The xx has confirmed that new music is in the works for 2020.

In an Instagram post celebrating the new year, the band wrote: “Looking forward to 2020! We’ve all been working on new music, can’t wait to share it with you! Hope you have the best new year!”

A forthcoming release would mark the first major output from Romy Madley Croft, Jamie Smith, and Oliver Sim since their third studio album I See You, which came out in 2017 to widespread acclaim. Back then, the band’s label Young Turks described the release as “more outward-looking, open and expansive” album, which represents “a new era for the London trio”. Alongside an extensive promo tour at the time, with a seven-night stint at London’s Brixton Academy, the band released a mini-documentary which followed fans leading up to their gigs.

In the interim, The xx collaborated with Raf Simons on a capsule clothing collection to celebrate ten years since their self-titled debut album. The collab, which dropped at the beginning of December 2019, includes t-shirts, patches, a cap, and a set of enamel pins with original imagery from the album’s artwork, which can be customised by the wearer. 

Alongside other musicians including The 1975 and a host of labels and industry orgs, The xx recently signed their names to an emergency climate change campaign by Music Declares Emergency. 

While we start 2020 anticipating more xx tunes, revisit our first major profile with the band all the way back in 2010 here.