I’ve had a really awful cold this last week (no, it wasn’t Covid, don’t worry). I spent my days working from my bed, wrapped up in blankets, hot water bottle at my feet, entire medicine cabinet on my bedside table. It was shit, and I was miserable. But then, this song landed on my review list, and I suddenly felt a little bit better.
It’s lighthearted and playful, it’s easy to listen to, and just completely unobtrusive, in the best way. It was exactly what I needed to remind me that I would feel better eventually, and that as long as I could focus on the nice things around me, I wouldn’t get bogged down in my misery and congestion.
“XING” is kind of like a cross between dream pop and shoegaze, but it’s got some saucy as hell loops that make it a truly unique and textured offering. According to Simpson, the track is about gender and gender roles, and the freedom we should have to express our innermost truths:
“XING is my own attempt to carry a different conversation through, a lighter one that shines in celebration of androgny and a liberating playfulness that comes with the decision to remain outside of any specific definitions.”
Lyrics that stick:
Walkin’ off road, walkin’ to the edge of the skull
You walk wherever you want
No you don’t belong to nothin’, nothin’, nothin’
Sure as we kiss, surely we become