But as a child, I never sang in choir and I mimed “Happy Birthday.” [Growing up] I sang in my house, but very quietly—I didn’t want my dad to hear. I’ve always craved a connection, I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. And if there’s seven layers of synth sounds that Jamie’s going to have trouble playing live, well, we’ll just deal with it then. The whimsical Icelandic superstar has consistently churned out albums for the last two decades, surprising listeners with new experimental creations.and currently consists of Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx.When I meet Romy Madley Croft, it is dark outside: one of those winter evenings when the light starts to fail earlier than you expect so that, by 5pm, it feels like the dead of night.We are doing the interview in a dimly lit room at the headquarters of her band's record label in west London.This month, as they release their third album, , and prepare for a world tour, Madley Croft talks with Lisa Robinson about music, confidence, and romance. But there was something internal that made us want to be there.? I lost my mum when I was 11 and I never dealt with it. That’s why it was so minimal—we couldn’t play our instruments very well.LISA ROBINSON: You said you never thought you were a singer. ROMY MADLEY CROFT: I’ve come to terms with it; I love singing, I find it very cathartic. And when I was 20, my dad died while I was on tour, and I just drank and partied and numbed myself. I have a girlfriend who I’ve been with for five years—she’s really helped me—and I’m very happy. For this one, we were like, Let’s just make some music.Her black hair is precisely parted and falls just below her chin. When she spent time in Los Angeles in 2016, a city where the sun shines 300 days a year, she still wasn't tempted to ditch the monochrome. 'My wardrobe is completely black.'But despite appearances to the contrary, Romy insists she has lightened up.
They’re one of those acts that you know it’s an xx song when you hear it.
The following year, the band's song "Together" appeared on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
The xx began working on their third album in 2014, and recorded in locales as varied as Marfa, Texas, London, Reykjavik, and Los Angeles.
Oliver and Romy have been friends since they met at nursery school at the age of three, and know each other so well that their voices curl around each other like wisps of smoke.
But it's not a romantic or eroticised sound: both Oliver and Romy are gay.