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The xx - "Chained" | Music Video

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When The xx released "Angels" off their second album Coexist this past summer, fans heard the kind of spare, hushed melodies that they'd come to love about the British band, with Romy Madley Croft's vocals deservedly grabbing the lion's share of the spotlight. The intimacy is threatened with a surprising snare roll that ratchets up the tension, making a merely good song great. A different sort of percussive element takes the fore on the band's second single, "Chained," a steady clicking offbeat that enhances the dueling vocals between Croft and Oliver Sim. The accompanying video, directed by Young Replicant under the auspices of the Creators Project (a partnership involving Intel and Vice), features muted colors and underwater submersion -- a fitting analogy to the listening experience. Check out the video below.