British indie-pop band the xx experience small-town America in the stark video for new single, “On Hold.” The trio sing about heartbreak against a gorgeous sunset in west Texas art town, Marfa, one of the places they wrote and recorded parts of the new LP, I See You.
Directed by Alasdair McLellan, “On Hold” depicts a typical day for American high school students. With close, warm shots of swing sets and skateboards, McLellan conveys a sense of depth in ordinary objects. The video, according to the band, was meant to be a kind of love letter to the people they’ve met on tour. “We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years,” said the xx in a statement. “We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there.”
The xx prepped “On Hold,” the first single behind I See You, as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl. The shimmering track is built on dreamy programming by Jamie XX and sultry vocals by Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. It also features a warped sample of Hall and Oates’ 1981 classic, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).”
I See You, out January 13th, follows the xx’s acclaimed 2012 LP Coexist. The band has numerous international concerts scheduled until early April. The xx recently performed “On Hold” and premiered new track “I Dare You” at their Saturday Night Live debut performance.