Best Albums 2015: Jamie xx - 'In Colour'
Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:12:12
Thoughtful and meticulously arranged, Jamie xx's debut album, In Colour, paints a vivid portrait of the current global dance scene. The young Londoner (one third of the influential band The xx) layers texture upon texture, creating a lush, vivid record. Ever rotating, each track descends into a new scene, and whether it's the beach oasis heard on "Obvs," or the deep, hidden underground of a major metropolis depicted on "Gosh," each track has a setting and a scene of its own. However, all of the locations manage to be strung together seamlessly.
Sounds from one track make their way to the next or sometimes disappear only to return many minutes later. It's the kind of thing found across the works of a master painter, the sort of individual style and attention to detail that separates the good from the great. Stroke by stroke, Jamie xx constructs a rich, colorful world, one that listeners are part of, but with splashes of brilliance unique to the twenty-seven-year-old producer.
In Colour is a thoughtful, complex album, who's colorful soundscapes expose the intricate beauty of the world in which they exist. At times huge and confident like on "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)," and at other moments hauntingly intimate as in "Strange In a Room," Jamie xx's world is a complex place. And he illustrates its ravishing exquisiteness in a way only he can.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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