Indie rock auteurs the xx have announced the details of their long-awaited sophomore album. "Coexist" will be released on Sept. 11 through Young Turks, and one day earlier in the U.K. band's native country.
"Coexist" was recorded over the past six months in the band's London studio, with Jamie Smith, aka Jamie XX, producing the new effort. Between the release of the band's 2009 debut "XX" and "Coexist," Jamie XX produced "We're New Here," a 13-song remix album with Gil Scott-Heron, as well as the title track from Drake's "Take Care," featuring Rihanna.
"After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we're so looking forward to playing to you," the band (Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Smith) says in a statement.
The critically acclaimed "XX," featuring haunting tracks like "VCR" and "Heart Skippped a Beat," has sold 350,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Amazingly, in its 145 weeks on sale, the album has only fallen below 1,000 in weekly sales twice.
A summer of touring for the xx kicks off next Friday (June 8) in Turin, Italy, before the band returns to the U.S. on July 23 for a handful of dates.
Here are the xx's upcoming tour dates:
June 8: Turin, Italy (Traffic Festival)
June 9: Porto, Portugal (Primavera Sound)
June 15: Aarhus, Denmark (Northside Festival)
June 16: Hultsfred, Sweden (Hultsfred Festival)
June 22: Scheessel, Germany (Hurricane Festival)
June 23: Neuhausen, Germany (Southside Festival)
June 27: Haervic, Norway (Hove Festival)
June 29: Arras, France (Main Square Festival)
June 30: Werchter, Belgium (Rock Werchter)
July 4: Tokyo, Japan (Liquid Room)
July 7: Gdynia, Poland (Heineken Open'er Festival)
July 14: Joensuu, Finland (Ilosaarirock Festival)
July 23: Los Angeles, Calif. (The Fonda Theatre)
July 25: Seattle, Wash. (Showbox At The Market)
July 28: Toronto, Ont. (Phoenix Concert Theatre)
July 29: Montreal, QC (Metropolis Theatre)
July 31: Boston, Mass. (Wilbur Theatre)
August 2: New York N.Y. (Terminal 5)
August 9: Sibinek, Croatia (Terraneo Festival)
August 10: Budapest, Hungary (Sziget Festival)
August 11: St Pere, France (La Route du Rock)
August 18: St Polten, Austria (FM4 Frequency Festival)
August 19: Biddinghuizen, Netherlands (Lowlands Festival)
August 31: Laois, Ireland (Electric Picnic)
September 7: Isle Of White, UK (Bestival)