I had the pleasure of witnessing Li Xi in their earliest incarnation, back when there were two lead singers and they weren’t called Li Xi.
That was a couple years ago. The band has shed a singer, added another multi-instrumentalist, and tightened up their sound considerably while expanding it to encompass a grand new vision. Two years was a long wait for a debut album, but forthcoming LP Meet Me Somewhere, which the band is self-releasing on October 15, was well worth the wait.
Stereogum recently premiered the album’s opener, a cut called “Carriages” that features a ridiculously catchy guitar lead and bouncing rhythm:
That song is a pretty fair representation of what you’ll find throughout Meet Me Somewhere: the tunes are at once retro and futuristic, dreamy but infectious, humming with warm analog vibes and sparkling with icy electronics. You can pre-order the album on iTunes now.
This is a band that has been gigging pretty heavily for the past year or so, providing ample opportunities to catch them live. The next one comes just a week after they drop Meet Me Somewhere, on October 23 at The Regency Ballroom, when they open for British electropoppers Metronomy.