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A short film about The xx and their fans by Sylvie Weber
The first of a series of ‘We See You’ films, supported by YouTube
In November 2016 – just over a year ago – The xx’s Romy Madly Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smithannounced their return with a brand new single ‘On Hold’ and news of a third full length album, I See You. Recorded between New York, Marfa TX, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and released in January 2017, I See You would go on to become a huge critical and commercial success, building on the achievements of The xx’s two previous albums, xx and Coexist. The xx’s three albums now have now sold over 4 million copies between them.
In the intervening twelve months, The xx embarked on an extensive I See You world tour that has seen them performing to millions of fans, including several festival headline appearances and a record breaking run of seven nights at London’s legendary Brixton Academy in front of over 35,000 hometown fans.
Today sees the release of ‘We See You – Berlin’, a short film supported by and exclusively available on YouTube that celebrates the incredibly close bond between The xx and their fans, affectionately turning the spotlight onto the band’s audience. Directed by Berlin-based filmmaker Sylvie Weber, the film features live and documentary footage from The xx’s headline set at Berlin’s Lollapalooza festival in September alongside intimate portraits of some of the people who attended the show. ‘We See You – Berlin’ sees Weber creating an emotive depiction of fans in this city, exploring their relationship with the band, and in turn the band’s relationship with the city and the fans there.
‘We See You – Berlin’ is the first in a series of ‘We See You’ films.
Of the collaboration, Sylvie Weber says: “My process as a filmmaker speaks to a consistent desire within me to unveil the character within, I keep an aesthetic and cinematic visual in mind when on set, cautiously leading the protagonists while allowing them to slowly become more themselves on screen.
In the case of ‘We See You’, coming across truly engaged and earnest individuals was not difficult, the vulnerability that The xx expose in their music is the basis for their incredibly close connection to the fans themselves. I think we’ve managed to represent in these four stories the feeling of the many millions who are so profoundly affected by the harmonies of Romy, Oliver and Jamie.”
While The xx add: “A huge thank you to Sylvie Weber for capturing some truly intimate moments from our show in Berlin earlier in the year. We’re genuinely moved by the incredibly beautiful portraits of our fans. We see you Berlin. We love you xx The xx”
The xx will return to Australia for a run of east coast shows in January 2018. Full dates and ticket links below.
Stream / Download I See You via https://remotecontrolrecor
The xx January 2018
with special guests Kelela & Earl Sweatshirt
Presented by Frontier Touring, Handsome Tours & triple j
Sat 13 Jan | Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC | (All Ages)
Wed 17 Jan | Riverstage | Brisbane, QLD | (All Ages)
Sat 20 Jan | The Domain | Sydney, NSW | (All Ages)
Praise for The xx – I See You
#1 ARIA Album Chart
Feature Album – triple j
“This isn’t a wholly new band, it is rather an extension of the band we knew, a maturation possibly, but definitely an expansion: of thought, emotion, confidence and expression.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“I See You…sounds like an attempt to incorporate everyone’s talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied.” – Pitchfork, Best New Music
“Friends, I have some good news for you… 2017 will be superior to 2016. The xx have decreed it so.”– Herald Sun ★★★★
“I See You pulls off the feat of managing to sound both exactly like the xx and unlike anything they have done before.” – The Guardian ★★★★
“There is fanfare from the outset, heralding a new era for the xx…The group has managed to move unmistakably forward while still maintaining its unique sound.” – The Australian
“It’s the sound of the xx moving out of their natural habitat – the shadows – and towards the more experimental, wide-ranging palette that producer Jamie “xx” Smith painted… The future looks bright.”– Rolling Stone Australia ★★★★
“The difference between I See You and 2012’s Coexist is Jamie xx’s production; the inspired beats give every song a brimming optimism. A welcome, extroverted side to the band we haven’t seen before.” – Stack
“The xx come at us with a fresh new sound but, more than ever, their music has less to do with chromosomes and delivers two gentle kisses onto listeners’ cheeks.” – The Music
The xx – I See You
2. Say Something Loving
4. A Violent Noise
7. Brave For You
8. On Hold
9. I Dare You
10. Test Me
The xx – I See You is out now via
Young Turks / Remote Control Records.
Touring January 2018.