by Alana Saphin in New Music on Tuesday 9 April 2013

When the UK Indie Trio The xx announced they were returning to Australia for a quick capital cities tour, I was more than a little excited. Trembling, in fact.

Having discovered them for the first time at Laneway Festival in 2010, The xx’s biggest challenge this time around was all about how to adapt to becoming the hottest act.

Could they retain the sense of intimacy that made them so special in the first place, while tailoring the live show to the size of venue their immense popularity now demands?

There were other problems – their shows sold out in around 15 minutes, and getting a ticket was luck of the draw.

Although there was skepticism around the venue choice in The Hordern in Sydney – howls of delight rang out across the sold out crowd as the dry ice surrounding the three shadowy figures evaporated to reveal a giant ‘X’.

Their isolated and emotive sounds filled the space, as Jamie xx’s multi tasking skills continued to amaze – playing keys, drum pads, percussion and steel drums.

The trio played a well-balanced mix between their self-titled first album and their recent release Co-Exist interspersed with a swoon worthy cover of King of Tomorrow’s ‘Finally’.

Full setlist:

Try
Crystalised
Chained
Reunion
Far Nearer (Jamie xx cover)
Sunset
Fiction
Reconsider
Missing
Night Time
Swept Away
Shelter
VCR
Islands
Infinity

Encore:
Intro
Angels