The xx‘s Jamie xx has said that the band have been recording their third album in Texas.
During the musician and producer’s BBC 6 Music 6 Mix residency on May 2, he played a song by Texan country musician Mickey Newbury and explained to listeners that his band were recently in the singer’s home state, working on the follow up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’. Listen to the show in full by clicking here. During the broadcast Jamie xx also paid tribute to the late DJ Rashad, playing his remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is’, commenting: “Rest in peace to the both of them.” Jamie xx remixed Scott-Heron’s final album, releasing ‘We’re New Here’ in 2011. Scott-Heron passed away the same year.
More information about the third album from The xx can be found on the Instagram page of the band’s record label Young Turks, who last month posted pictures from Marfa, Texas, with the caption “LP3 Recording” as well footage of Oliver Sim of the band recording handclaps for the record. On Facebook the band said they were working with producer Rodaidh McDonald at the Marfa Recording Company studio.
Last year The xx spoke about their plans for their third LP. “We don’t find it easy as a band to write on tour, so we haven’t got much done yet with new songs because we’ve been touring ‘Coexist’ so much. We’re looking forward to having time off to be creative again,” singer Romy Madley Croft told NME. “But we’re definitely feeling inspired and ready to go. We played a lot of big stages on tour in the past year, and that’s something I’m sure will come through in the next album.”
Madley Croft also revealed that the band had yet to start writing lyrics for the album but added: “We’ve all lived a lot of life recently, which the new songs will reflect.” Jamie xx added: “‘Coexist’ was difficult to make at times, but our first album was just as difficult too. All albums are difficult to make, and I’m sure the next one will be as well.” He also said of the band’s creative process: “We learned so much from making ‘Coexist’. The first album was basically just us putting together everything we’d released at that point, and we had more control in how we wanted an album to sound overall on ‘Coexist’. That’s something we’ll try again, however the new one ends up sounding.”