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BBC New Music Shorts 2008

'Round' - XX Teens

'Round' - XX Teens [Mute Records] Listen | Official Site

XX Teens XX Teens are five young men from London who have just finished their debut long-player, Welcome To Goon Island. The 12-track album, produced by Sheffield’s Ross Orton (MIA, Fat Truckers, Bromheads Jacket) is set to be released through Mute in late July.

Previously labelled absurd, eccentric, political, experimental, it sometimes seems people find it rather hard to get a handle on the XX Teens, yet their plan is simple. Born from the great British art school tradition their approach is to create the most interesting & expansive music possible with the limited tools they have available; an aesthetic that seeps into everything they do from videos to photos to extra curricular activities such as training dogs to dance. Yet such apparent frippery shouldn’t disguise the fact that they are able to pen rather fine songs, as Welcome To Goon Island attests.

Previous singles such as Onkawara, Darlin’ and How To Reduce The Chances Of Being A Terror Victim have already seen them bag single of the week slots in NME, praise from the likes of Zane on Radio1, front covers of Artrocker and a slot in the NME’s tracks of 2007 list. And with Welcome To Goon Island, XX teens look set to bring a bit of depth & technicolour joy into the sometime hegemonic drabness of the current musical landscape. Amen

Lyrics - 'Round'

(Lyrics by Rich Cash, music by Anthony Silvester, Rich Nuvo)

Say, baas,
Are you the prophet?
The one that goes stripped and naked,
Wailing like the dragons
And mourning like the owls?

I do a little in that line.
Micah’s my name,
Micah the Morashtite.
Can I do anything for you?

I seek God.

And have you found him?

I found an old man who wanted me to roast animals for him,
Because he loved the smell of cooking.
I found a man who wanted me to sacrifice my children on his altar.
I found a man.

 

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