All I really knew about this band was that the girl was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and the bloke was married to Kate Moss. I actually decided to stop being shallow and listen to their music and it turns out I really like it.
It’s impressive to be a two-piece and yet be both so prolific and have such a rich, lush sound. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince use drum machines when they tour as they say they’re such a good team they wouldn’t want to ruin what they have going. The two met while touring with different bands and began writing music together long distance until Alison left her native Florida and moved to England. I love the fact that they sing in harmony- The XX and Of Monsters and Men do this to great effect- their voices compliment each other perfectly and its obvious they work well together.
Alison is something of a hair and fashion icon and Jamie obviously as an in with any elite group thanks to his model wife. It’s pretty easy to be a band but its pretty difficult to be a cool one so well done to the both of them. I really love Alison. She has an air about her.
If you’ve time I really recommend looking up their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” too.
From the album: Blood Pressures
Released: 4 April 2011