- REVIEW: The xx’s Romy shows her true colours with new solo song ‘Lifetime’, a masterclass in pandemic pop
The singer and guitarist first revealed that she was working on solo material under the name Romy in April during an Instagram Live session which she had teased would feature new songs and an announcement. Now, she’s revealed the rave-tinged banger.
“‘Lifetime’ was written and recorded in lockdown,” said Romy. “I’ve been thinking a lot about how short life is and how quickly things can change. My intention with this song is to celebrate life, togetherness, to appreciate the moment before it’s gone.
“I think subconsciously the upbeat energy of the song is a reaction to the stillness and anxiety I was feeling in lockdown. I was missing the pace of the outside world, spontaneous moments, the euphoria of dance floors, of love and connections with my friends and family. I realised when everything was stripped back, simple moments of togetherness, meant the most to me.”
She continued: “I’ve always loved club classics that unite a room, big emotional dance songs, that you can sing along to as well. I’m excited to have the opportunity to show my love for dance music with ‘Lifetime’.
“I loved working with a very talented and inspiring group of people on this song, thank you so much Fred again.., Marta Salogni, Joy Anonymous and Jamie xx. I had dreamt that we could be dancing in a room together to this song by now, but until then I hope you can dance to it wherever you are!”
Speaking earlier this year of her work on solo material, Romy explained: “For the past couple years I’ve been writing a lot of songs for other people, writing a lot of songs for myself.
“I ended up with all these songs so I’m going to release a solo album under my name. It’s just going to be under Romy. I’m hopefully going to be releasing it soon. I have loads of songs and I feel excited to try something new.”
As well as performing a track entitled ‘Weightless’, Madley Croft explained that the album is inspired by Ibiza house and trance music.
“I guess one of the main inspirations and things that I love is club classics – Ibiza house, trance music, stuff that you can really dance to but also sing along to. What I realised was a lot of those club classics are big songs as well as just being fun to dance to.”
Meanwhile, the managing director of The xx‘s record label Young Turks has provided an update on the future of the band, and revealed that Madley Croft’s bandmates Jamie xx and Oliver Sim are also working on solo material.