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One surreal night

Filipino music enthusiasts are thrilled that more indie bands are coming to Manila, the British indie/dream pop band The xx being one of the latest to make the country part of their Asian tour. 2013_aug22_life9+Walking toward the venue, we saw just what we were expecting—people lining up for the concert. Most of them were clad in black tights, muscle shirts, checkered vests and saddle shoes. In anticipation of the main act, bands Taken By Cars and Up Dharma Down filled up the first two hours in NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, the concert venue. As the stage was being prepared for the British band’s instruments, everybody was quiet and having shots of sweet Smirnoff on the rocks while awaiting patiently and hungrily for the xx’s music to begin. But as the group started to appear on the stage and Romy Madley Croft’s husky voice went live, the audience couldn’t help but scream. Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith also thrilled the crowd. The xx’s dark, mysterious, enigmatic presence along with the music they produced is what made the ambiance remarkable and surreal. It’s not often that you find musicians that produce incredible music like the xx’s. The intricacy is difficult to grasp—how and where the breathtaking sounds are coming from, like every tone and beat is meticulously composed in miniscule segments. Romy Madley Croft’s unique guitar strums trademark every song, fused by her melancholic and spellbinding arctic voice. Oliver Sim contrasts with his bass strokes and solid low eargasmic vocals that bring full depth and character to the songs. All these synthesized in the background by Jamie Smith’s stark and progressive composition. They started the show with their song “Try” from the 2012 album Coexist. Their big hits “Crystalised,” “Night Time,” “Islands,” “VCR,” “Chained,” and “Infinity” kept the concertgoers seeking for more. Their song, “Intro,” kept the song going. The trio ended their performance with “Angels” like a serenade as they thanked the Filipino fans.
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