XYLO Takes 'America' to Cinematic Heights With Orchestral Performance
Westlake, California group XYLO -- comprised of brother-sister duo Paige and Chase Duddy -- arrived with a bang in 2015 via their impressive debut single “America,” which earned the act major buzz and a sweeping online following. And it’s clear why. The track -- punctuated by soaring synths, buoyant beats and Paige’s sticky-sweet vocals -- places the band sonically between the thrilling electro-pop of Broods and the shadowy allure of Lana Del Rey.
With the arrival of their striking debut EP America earlier this year, the group proved they are ready for the big leagues. While in Los Angeles to continue working on their upcoming debut album, the siblings invited Billboard’s cameras inside the cozy walls of the Hollywood Patch -– one of two houses established by SOUR PATCH KIDS to support touring artists -– to document a stunning orchestral performance of the track that started it all, aided by composer Joe Shirley.
"I got so emotional because [this rendition of ‘America’] is something that I’ve always dreamt of hearing,” Paige tells Billboard of the reimagined track, which features a string section and a trio of vocalists that enhance the song’s haunting characteristics. “It took it to a very cinematic level. It was perfect.”
Watch the video above to take in the gorgeous arrangement and hear for yourself why XYLO has become one of 2016’s most buzzed-about new acts.