The xx - Islands
What a song. Simple, clean production courtesy of Jamie xx and tight, evocative guitar riffs. According to the band, Romy and Oliver both write separately at night. I think that adds a unique perspective on their lyrics, as their subject matter often revolves around their own relationships outside of the group. When these lyrics are juxtaposed through shared singing roles in their music, it just seems to work. The video is new to me but the song was very much a highlight of my 2009.