If I scream at the top of my lungs
Will you hear what I don’t say?
If I dance like I’m on a stage
Will you see I seem out of place?
If I put on a disguise
Will you think everything’s alright?
If I leave before the end
Will you forget that I was there?
xx released their third single just ahead of dropping I See You. Contrasted to the sound of their first two studio
albums, “Say Something Loving” is a contemporary twist on the xx we have come
to know and love. Even on first listen, this song stands out from the rest. The
sound is less experimental and therefore more accessible; however, The xx have
not completely departed from their sound. Rather, “Say Something Loving” marks
an important step in their evolution.
speaking, the single contains heavier vocals, melodies, and consistent,
integrated percussion to tell a story. Lyrically speaking, the song is a
brooding plea from the perspective of a lover, trapped in a spiral of
unrequited love. The theme of the song parallels its sound: heavy, darker
instrumentals layered with an anxious backbeat. When the music resolves, the
story does not. The open-ended resolution of the song leaves a cliffhanger: the
fate of the lover is unknown.
group, led by co-vocalists Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, tied together by
producer Jamie Smith (a.k.a Jaime xx), presented the right song at the right
time. Conceived during a very trying year, “Say Something Loving” prepares the
group to perform for larger audiences; each new release gains new traction and
more and more fans flock to their shows.