For starters, the group is in New York nearing the end of a run of unique shows at the Park Avenue Armory in which it's playing nightly to audiences of approximately 40 people -- a different vibe, needless to say, than the xx's main-stage performances last year at Coachella.
And then there's the new Coldplay single, "Magic," which has been widely compared to the xx, and for good reason: With its spindly guitar line and gentle machine beat, the song sounds exactly like the xx.
Now the band's resident beatmeister,
Half of what his label is calling a "brand-new AA-sided single," "Sleep Sound" is, true to its title, a drowsy dance track overlaid with spacey synth tones and the type of disembodied vocal snippets you might hear in a dream following an evening spent listening to
It'll be released (along with an additional song called "Girl") on 12-inch vinyl on May 6. But you can hear it now below.