The xx - Coexist

The xx’s long-awaited sophomore album Coexist arrives in fall, and now we finally get to hear a song from it. “Angels,” the album’s opener and first single, is a spindly, delicately romantic song that recaptures the spare, insinuating sensuality of the band’s first album. On first listen, it promises some very good things.

That image above is the album’s cover art, and they’ve also unveiled the album’s tracklist and announced a bunch of North American shows. Listen to “Angels” and check out the tracklist and the tour dates below.

01 “Angels”
02 “Chained”
03 “Fiction”
04 “Try”
05 “Reunion”
06 “Sunset”
07 “Missing”
08 “Tides”
09 “Unfold”
10 “Swept Away”
11 “Our Song”

And those tour dates:

07-23 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
07/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
07/29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/31 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
08/02 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/09 – Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo Festival
08/10 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
08/11 – St. Pere, France @ La Route Du Rock Festival
08/18 – St. Polten, Austria @ FM4 Frequency Festival
08/19 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands @ Lowlands Festival
08/31 – Laois, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Festival
09/07 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
10/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
10/06 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
10/07 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool At The Cosmopolitan
10/11 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/17 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
10/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/24 – Quebec City, QV @ Imperial De Quebec
10/25 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
10/28 – Bronx, NY @ Paradise Theater
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
(via Pitchfork)

Coexist is out 9/11 on Young Turks.

Comments (45)
  1. Phenomenal, doesn’t surprise me that the xx would be one of the few bands to make a sophomore album better than the debut.

  2. Very excited for this album, looking forward to the xx soundtracking my nighttime listening sessions again

  3. When listening to a sophomore album’s first track makes you stop everything, then immediately go listen to their first album, I think that’s a good sign. *cues up Intro…*

  4. why does this reminds me of everything but the girl?


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  7. Not only is this firs track great, but that album art is boss. I’m definitely going to need a physical copy.

  8. at the moment, youtube says this songs has 309 views. that’s impossible, because i know i’ve listened to it a million times already. what a beautiful song. is it now okay to officially expect great things from this album?

  9. I’ve listened twice, when does the song kick in? but it is a great 2 minute & 53 second intro though……

    • really a thumbs down…. I like the band a ton and I bet the album will be great but does this sound like a complete song to you guys? Like you know with intro’s, bridges, themes, stories, chorus’s, etc etc…..

    • Agreed! Definitely not a “Best New Track”. Where’s Oliver? And the third chord in the chorus ruins the tension and is anti-climactic.

  10. They’re coming to The BRONX?!!!!!
    Say WHAT?!!!!!

    Hardly ANY touring acts come to The Bronx. Only Hip-hop, R&B, salsa, merengue and tejano acts come here, and FEW at that. The newly renovated Paradise is a beautiful place. Much respect for this band.

  11. Seems like more of the same, no?

  12. this is neat and apparently very much like everything from their first album (which is basically a good thing)… Then why am I so hesitant to switch into praise mode? I guess I’m just hoping they’ll explore some new territory with the other tracks on the album.

  13. Am I the only one who thinks this is different from their debut? They sound like the same band, but this song would have been totally out of place where ever you put it on the first album. There’s a different guitar tone, and the drums are nothing like the beats on any of their other songs.

    • Nope, definitely with you on this one. I think the confusion is stemming from Jamie XX’ remarks in interviews that this album would be more club influenced, which… it definitely doesn’t sound like, at least not yet.

  14. I loved the band’s debut but I really wish they would try a little harder on the musical aspect of their stuff. I realize that the general idea behind their first album was that it was simplistic, yet complicated, but it just seems like they’re simplifying it further.

    • the first also sounded simplistic when I first listened to it, then I listened to it 400 more times and could not stop, it’s brilliant simplistic

    • i loved your comment and how you believe these musicians should ‘try a littler harder on the musical aspect’ and how you think the first album is ‘simplistic yet complicated’. it’s a very insightful yet empty comment.

  15. I like how Pitchfork gave this Best New Track because they threw in a snare drum.

  16. its dece but like out of context its a cock tease and I’m sitting here thinkin, like, why did i pull my pants down?
    but throw some Caribbean drums on that shit and you’ve got yourself a stew baby

  17. and that’s only the first song

  18. But where is the drop

  19. this was the soundtrack to the most melancholy pancake cooking session ever.

  20. As long as we’re only talking about the category of music videos that embraces the whole, “no plot just simple, patterned imagery that morphs subtly to the music” aesthetic, I think this is one of the most visually beautiful music videos I’ve ever seen.

  21. we now know that the xx like to intro an album with an…intro. so the ‘omgz this is so amazing!’ reactions are a bit premature. conversely, the ‘this sucks and is boring and is more of the same’ is also premature cuz its just the intro tune.

    i personally agree with whoever was saying that giving this tune ‘Best New Track’ status is going way overboard. most would agree that this record is likely going to have songs that blow this shit way outta the water. let’s hear track 2 first and then maybe even the rest of the record.

  22. Also, the album cover has been plastered over London for the past month, literally on every bus stop, fence, lamppost, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet until now… so thanks for that.

  23. Hmm. Since I just listened to it three times I guess I have to say I really like it. Definitely an interesting choice for an album opener. Makes me want to hear where the rest of it goes real quick like.

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