“We hope this video reflects some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered in the US” – The xx on video for On Hold

The xx release first music video in three years, and along with it a message of hope for residents of the USA

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The xx have revealed the visuals for their first track off their upcoming album I See You released this coming January. The song, which seems to follow more of Jamie’s influence, was filmed in Texas where the group wrote and recorded much of the eagerly anticipated LP and shows clips of the band in various American settings. Spliced between shots of Romy, Oliver and Jamie (who are, by the way, not all wearing black) are clips of friends hanging out and young couples kissing, including same-sex couples. It seems the group is keen to spread a message of hope to their fans, following the US presidential election result, dispelling ideas that America, and particularly the South, follows the same ideologies as its President-elect.

They released the following comment, alongside the video:

“Today we get to share our new video for ‘On Hold’ with you! The video is directed by the brilliant Alasdair McLellan, whose work we all adore… It was filmed in Marfa, Texas, a very special place to us, where we wrote and recorded some of our new album. We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years. We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there.”

Watch the video below.

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