I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy NYC indie pop group Xylos for almost two years now, though most music fans have probably never heard of the band. Unless you caught the single “Not Enough,” which generated a very small amount of internet buzz, you probably aren’t familiar with them. Even if you did, you probably didn’t know they released their debut album, Xylos, last spring.
And even if you knew that, you missed out on half of the band’s wonderful music: you see, in one of the most shortsighted moves I’ve ever seen from an indie pop band, Xylos’ debut album forsook their great 2008-2010 demos (some of which aren’t available to hear on the internet; they were given to me directly by the band) like “When Summer Comes,” “Circumstances,” and “Yellow Flip-Flops” for a host of mediocre compositions that resulted in me giving Xylos a lower rating than I would’ve liked. Predictably, the album flopped.
But in 2012 Xylos seem to be back in form: their warm summer anthem “Summerlong,” which was released back in March, has become one of my Anthems of Summer 2012, and the electro-bopping ’80s-invoking new one “Fiction in 4 Moves” has the potential to be another of my favorite Xylos tracks. Listen below and evaluate it for yourself. If you like it, check out more Xylos on iTunes.
Stream: Xylos – “Fiction in 4 Moves”