It was a somewhat slow week for music news, but there were a few exciting new album announcements, including The xx, who announced their third album, I See You.
The xx got started in 2005 and released their debut self-titled album in 2009. The album was a critical and commercial success and helped in part to herald in a new style of dreamy electronic pop. They followed that record up in 2012 with Coexist, which continued their successes.
The three members of the band spent the past four years on various solo projects and collaborations. Romy Croft worked with Emile Haynie, Jessie Ware, and OneRepublic. Oliver Sim did some work with Solange. Jamie xx was perhaps the most active of the three, releasing a solo album, In Colour, last year.
After releasing a few snippets of new tracks, The xx announced their new album on Thursday, and released a new track, "On Hold."
I See You will be released on January 13.
Also announced this week:
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana (February 24)
Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes (February 24)
MUNA - About U (February 3)
Vaults - Caught in Still Life (December 2)