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Latest Album Coexist is the second studio album by English indie pop group The xx, released on 5 September 2012 by Young Turks. After a break from touring for their 2009 debut album xx, the group's members began writing songs individually before recording the album during November 2011 to May 2012. Guitarist Romy Madley Croft and bassist Oliver Sim drew on personal experiences for their songwriting. For Coexist, The xx drew on the electronic dance music that occured when they were away on tour in 2010. It was produced by group member Jamie xx, who had pursued electronic dance on other projects and developed as a DJ prior to the album. The album features a minimalist musical style with spatial arrangements, loose song structure, little dynamism, and experimentation with tension. Its song are characterized by sparse elements such as simple chord progression, sketchy guitar patterns, slight grooves, keyboard ostinatos, and fading motifs. Jamie xx's production incorporates both programmed beats and live percussion instruments. Thematically, Coexist is about heartbreak, loneliness, and intimacy. Croft and Sim's lyrics address a failing relationship and changes in a romance with inner monologues and simple metaphors. The album was promoted with two singles—"Angels" and "Chained". The xx promoted the album with an international tour during June to September 2012. Upon its release, Coexist received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented Croft and Sim's performances, Jamie xx's production, and the music's refinement of their sound. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 58,266 copies in its first week. It also charted within the top 10 of record charts in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States.
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