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The xx have reunited to discuss their future on a new edition of Apple Music show Interludes.

The group launched the show a few months ago, with each member taking it in turn to host a solo show. For the fourth episode – streaming now – The xx reunited, discussing their future plans, the band’s evolution, and how this intertwines with their individual projects.

Playing a few tracks each, Jamie, Romy, and Oliver muse on their solitary endeavours, and the differences between those. Oliver comments:

“I think all three of us are going to very different parties in the music we’re making individually, but it makes me excited to work with you both. Jamie making his solo record changed the band. It brought so many new ideas and ways of working and it changed the meeting point between the three of us. Now with what all three of us are doing, what is the meeting point? What is that going to sound like? I have no idea, but I’ve never been more excited to find out.”

The xx last released a full-length album in 2017, but they’ve continued to create – indeed, Romy’s fantastic single ‘Lights Out’ began as something intended for the band. She explains: “So a song I put out called ‘Lights Out’ with Fred Again and HAAi. The original song was a demo from us [The xx] and is, to be honest, still a song that I really love and maybe one day we can finish it as a band and is something that I really love. Sounds completely different. But I had played it to Fred and he really loved the vocal melody and he asked me if we could kind of develop it.”

If you’ve caught Romy this summer, you might well have twigged some new and unreleased material in her sets. “You get such a good bit of perspective when you play something out and you can see how people react. Even if people are not reacting at all, I think you have your own internal dialogue. But I’ve had that quite a lot over the summer, playing some of my new music and then just watching, ‘Are people dancing? Are people into this? Have I lost everyone?’ And then kind of going away and then making changes and that’s been something that I really value because I want people to be able to dance to it, the music I’m making.”

Future live shows could mix and match between group and individual catalogues, with Romy admitting she yearns to perform Oliver Sim’s solo track ‘Fruit’ with The xx. She says: “I remember when I heard that song I was blown away. I loved the kind of euphoria and the uplifting poppiness of it, but then lyrically, you really are able to articulate some things that are actually very difficult to articulate in the way that you have. It really blew me away. And I think that it’s a song that really stands out for me.”

Find the episode on demand on Apple Music.

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