Coexist by The XX

xxA band that frequently ends up on the Readings Carlton turntable during long sunny Sunday afternoons, the yearning alt-pop of The XX is almost a physical comfort.

Romy Madley Croft fills in all the quiet corners with her velvet-lined vocals. From a soulful nod to Portishead on the opening single ‘Angels’ to the steadier clap of the drum line on indie-dance track ‘Swept Away’, The XX are a chain letter in band form: hear them, pass it on and watch it take over the world.

fiona-hardy-picFiona Hardy sells books and talks too much to customers at Readings Carlton, and puts together Dead Write for the Readings Monthly. She blogs haphazardly about movies and books (and sometimes music) and you can follow her on twitter - @readwatchtweet.