The xx’s highly anticipated third studio album I See You finally arrived today, and so has a brand new cover from the British trio.
Stopping by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, The xx performed a cover of Drake and Rihanna’s 2016 track “Too Good.” Released as part of Drake’s record-breaking fourth album Views, “Too Good” is a he said/she said exploration of a relationship on the rocks. The dueling voices in the emotional track provide prime cover material for The xx, with singers Romy Croft and Oliver Sim delivering beautifully breathy and melancholy vocals to their dreamy rendition of the song.
Introducing the cover, Sim revealed, “We love this song. We have taken it to a different place—it’s maybe not as danceable, but we hope you enjoy it.”
Stripping the dance hall vibes and slowing it down, The xx craft a somber song their own, giving fans a new twist to put on repeat.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, The xx revealed that their new album is named in honour of Drake, after seeing the 6ix God in concert. “He just called out to all these different people,” Croft told Rolling Stone. “‘I see you, in the purple jumper! I see you. …’ It was really funny but you know, it’s warm, it’s affirming that you see your friend. You feel understood and you don’t feel as alone.”
In addition to the stunning cover, The xx also performed their lead single “On Hold,” giving fans a sneak peek at what they can expect when the trio hit the road starting February 8 in Sweden. Making their way through Europe and South America, The xx will take their tour the US and Canada this spring, hitting Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in April and May.
Following the announcement of their third studio album last fall, The xx appeared on SNL and dropped two new tracks, including “On Hold” and “Say Something Loving.” Today’s release of I See You marks the bands first new album since 2013’s critically acclaimed sophomore disc, Coexist.