Loud Places

Album: In Colour (2015)
Charted: 62
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Songfacts®:

  • This song features vocals from Jamie "xx" Smith's fellow xx bandmate Romy Madley Croft, and the chorus samples Idris Muhammad's 1977 soul track "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This." "It was a song Romy wrote while she was in LA," Smith told Radio.com."

    "She was on a writing trip and she was on her own, which is new for her. When she came home, we tried stuff out with it. There were a lot of different versions of it and I almost gave up. We tried this soul sample, and the lyrics worked perfectly. It was something I had been wanting to use for a long time."
  • The song is a upbeat take on the xx's trademark melancholia. "My favorite dance music is a sad song that people are dancing to," Smith told Q magazine. "It's the contrast between sadness and joy."
  • The Simon Halsall and Jean-Baptiste Fugger directed video features both Smith and Croft skateboarding through the streets of London late at night.

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