Directed by Alasdair McLellan
In collaboration with Calvin Klein’s Raf Simmons
The xx today release a brand new music video for ‘I Dare You,’ the single taken from their acclaimed number one album I See You, out now via Young Turks / Remote Control Records. The ‘I Dare You’ video is directed by Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with The xx and Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. The video was filmed in Los Angeles at Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house and John Lautner’s Rainbow House and continues The xx’s longstanding visual collaboration with McLellan, who also directed the band’s ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’ videos, in addition to their collaboration on the It Could Be Love photo book zine.
Raf Simons also has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx – Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croftand Oliver Sim – and was drawn to the band’s recent work with McLellan. Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at Calvin Klein, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilising an eclectic cast including Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes.
Speaking about the video, the band say: “We are so happy to share our new video for ‘I Dare You’. Our love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts, where we wrote and recorded parts of our album ‘I See You’. This is the third video, our friend, the wonderful Alasdair McLellan has directed for us. He collaborated with a hero of ours, Raf Simons on the creative concept and direction. It was amazing to work with both of them and such a pleasure to meet and work with Millie, Paris, Ashton, Lulu and Ernesto! Thank you to Calvin Klein and everyone involved. We hope you enjoy watching! xx The xx.”
Released in January via Young Turks / Remote Control Records, The xx’s third album I See You has been their biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. On Friday, the band also released a deluxe version of the album online, featuring three new songs:‘Naïve’, ‘Seasons Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’.
Stream / Download The xx – I See You https://RemoteControlRecords.lnk.to/thexxISeeYou
The xx – ‘I Dare You’ (Official video)
Stream / Download: https://RemoteControl.lnk.to/IDareYou
Praise for The xx – I See You
#1 ARIA Album Chart
Feature Album – triple j
“This isn’t a wholly new band, it is rather an extension of the band we knew, a maturation possibly, but definitely an expansion: of thought, emotion, confidence and expression.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“I See You…sounds like an attempt to incorporate everyone’s talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied.” – Pitchfork, Best New Music
“Friends, I have some good news for you… 2017 will be superior to 2016. The xx have decreed it so.”– Herald Sun ★★★★
“I See You pulls off the feat of managing to sound both exactly like the xx and unlike anything they have done before.” – The Guardian ★★★★
“There is fanfare from the outset, heralding a new era for the xx…The group has managed to move unmistakably forward while still maintaining its unique sound.” – The Australian
“It’s the sound of the xx moving out of their natural habitat – the shadows – and towards the more experimental, wide-ranging palette that producer Jamie “xx” Smith painted… The future looks bright.”– Rolling Stone Australia ★★★★
“The difference between I See You and 2012’s Coexist is Jamie xx’s production; the inspired beats give every song a brimming optimism. A welcome, extroverted side to the band we haven’t seen before.” – Stack
“The xx come at us with a fresh new sound but, more than ever, their music has less to do with chromosomes and delivers two gentle kisses onto listeners’ cheeks.” – The Music
The xx – I See You
2. Say Something Loving
4. A Violent Noise
7. Brave For You
8. On Hold
9. I Dare You
10. Test Me
The xx – I See You is out now via
Young Turks / Remote Control Records.
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