The xx have announced their second album will be titled ‘Coexist’ and released on 10th September. The London trio, who played six new songs at their live comeback in the capital last month, recorded the follow-up to their 2009 self-titled debut in their own London studio. The band’s Jamie Smith once again took on production duties on the album, which they began work on in early November 2011 before completing the sessions last month.
Singer and guitarist Romy Madley Croft said the new songs show the evolution of the band over the past few years.
“I’ve been thinking that I hope people enjoy it as a separate thing. The first album exists – we’re not trying to make it again. We’ve just grown up, and although this isn’t a ‘grown up’ album, we’ve evolved. It’s just us growing a bit more. I hope people enjoy it as a continuation, rather than us trying to make the first album again”.
She added that although she’s “happy we’ve progressed” the new material is “not prog rock”. The band have been largely silent during the making of the album, other than revealing it would be influenced by “club music” and posting regular YouTube embeds on their blog.