"We'd like to make a formal apology for taking our da** time," Oliver Sim admits to the crowd for taking years to finally perform in Miami. It was well worth the wait, to say the least. Tuesday night, the crowd at the Fillmore in Miami Beach was stunned by the purity of Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft's voices amongst the soft but throbbing electronic beats being spun by Jamie Smith in the background.
Recently nominated for the Brit Awards' "Best British Band", The xx undoubtedly proved deserving. The intimate lyrics of each of their songs, in addition to Oliver and Rory's opposite gender voices created a musical dialogue-like movement that truly sets them apart from other bands in today's industry. The vulnerabilty and emotion in their lyrics, especially heard live, takes "alluring" to another level. The floating, colorful lights filling the stage as they extended one of their latest tracks, "Swept Away", was mesmerizing. Then, at last, they released the gigantic "X" on the screen behind them, instilling their effect on the crowd. As the infamous, lyric-less "The Intro" echoed throughout the pitch black theater, white lights pulsed in sync with the beat, only adding to the xx's already intruiging phenomenon.
Oliver and Rory's voices are flawless. One can't help but wonder if their producers have to edit even a second of their recording sessions. In addition, they expressed such a great sense of humility when speaking to the crowd in between songs and closing the show, reassuring the crowd of the that they are a band worthy of much support.