The xx have unveiled their sparkling new track “Say Something Loving,” the second single off the trio’s upcoming LP I See You.
The track samples the Alessi Brothers’ 1978 track “Do You Feel It?” and spotlights the vocal interplay of singers Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft, as well as Croft’s sparse yet trademark guitar playing.
“You say something loving / It’s so overwhelming, the thrill of affection / Feels so unfamiliar / You say something loving,” the singers exclaim on the infectious chorus. “Without hesitation it hits me, hits me / It feels so unfamiliar.”
“Say Something Loving,” the follow-up to first single “On Hold,” is available to purchase on digital retailers now; I See You arrives January 13th.
On New Year’s Day, the xx hinted at their new single as well as its corresponding music video with a minute-long clip of Sim and Croft singing the track in a Tokyo karaoke bar.
A few weeks ago we were in Tokyo and filmed ourselves doing karaoke to our new song ‘Say Something Loving’, we had a lot of fun! xx The xx pic.twitter.com/zctL2funtL
— The xx (@The_xx) January 1, 2017
“Say Something Loving” fits into the vibe of an album that Sim described to the New York Times as more “celebratory” than the xx’s previous acclaimed LPs.
“We were definitely in the mind-set that we would just try everything, and we did,” Jamie xx told the newspaper of I See You. “And we made some terrible music in the process. I’ve got a hard drive full of stuff that’s never going to get heard. A lot of it was learning to realize that the first thing that you’ve done is by far the best, but having to take every possible route before you get back to that.”