The lead single with the prominent Hall & Oates sample. The music video set at an underage dance party. The publicity photos that suggest a sunny Netflix reboot of “Three’s Company.”
Everything the xx has revealed in the run-up to its third studio album, “I See You,” seems to lead toward the idea that this once-gloomy electro-soul trio has lightened up.
And why not?
In the eight years since Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith released their debut album, the xx has quietly become a pillar of alternative pop, winning prestigious awards and playing major festivals like Coachella, where