The Spinners

♪ VCR (The xx, 2010) ♪

In British, Indie Rock, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

Nothing much can be said about The xx’s “VCR” aside from what has already been said about the band and their music; the way their minimalism shames the far-out posturing of most groups their age; how their bare melodies evoke the dainty sensuality of adolescence; and how their lyrics talk about love and solitude, things that twenty-year-olds like them really think about when they are alone. “VCR” is more like a reminiscence of a young friendship, a school friend or a neighbor pal we used to play with during weekends or after school, but had lost touch since then. Separated parents, change of school, rent that can’t be paid, whatever reasons, distance, memories kept still. Unsurprisingly, they are the most vivid keepsake of our childhood that we miss. Oliver Sim sings, When I find myself by the sea, in another’s company / By the sea, I wanna go out to the pier, gonna dive and have no fear. Isn’t that the childhood plan we never managed to accomplish?

– Richard Bolisay

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