The xx‘s Romy Madley Croft has announced details of her debut solo album as part of a recent Instagram live stream where she also provided fans with an update with the current status of the band.
Madley Croft began her performance by treating her fans to a rendition of ‘Angels’ taken from 2012 album Coexist. Shortly after, the singer-songwriter then revealed that The xx are still very much an active entity, saying: “We are making new music, we’re very much a band and we still love each other very much,” she said.
“Oliver and Jamie are my best friends and always will be. I wanted to thank you ‘cos I know that we are a bit slow at putting out music, I know we take our time so thank you for your patience cos I know it’s a bit annoying.”
The musician went on to share news regarding new solo material on the horizon, saying: “We are going to be releasing new music but, in the meantime, the exciting — for me — a bit of news I wanted to share with you is for the past couple years I’ve been writing a lot of songs for other people, writing a lot of songs for myself,” she explained.
“I ended up with all these songs so I’m going to release a solo album under my name. It’s just going to be under Romy. I’m hopefully going to be releasing it soon. I have loads of songs and I feel excited to try something new.”
The sound for the record is a world away of the sombre world The xx live in, she said: “I’m excited to make it a lot more upbeat. It’s going to be fun. I guess one of the main inspirations and things that I love is club classics – Ibiza house, trance music, stuff that you can really dance to but also sing along to. What I realised was a lot of those club classics are big songs as well as just being fun to dance to.”
See the stream, below.