I’m trying so hard not to let out a huge “awwwwww” in writing this post. Being a big fan of The xx, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside seeing members Romy and Jamie collaborate on something. As many of you know, Jamie hit the epitome of cool (and then some) remarkably fast as an up-and-coming producer in the 2000s. He’s often spoken of in the same breath as Four Tet, which is saying something. On top of “Loud Places” being just a great tune, the video melts my heart. Don’t they just look like such good friends?! I think that’s what I love so much about it. He chose Romy on vocals for a reason. So in that way, the song underscores the deep bond of friendship these two musicians have for one another. I think it’s great.