Moody British goths The xx won the vaunted Mercury Prize for their debut album yesterday.
It just so happened we were on the phone with Victoria Legrand of Beach House when the announcement was made, and we asked her for some thoughts. For starters, what's the Mercury Prize anyway? "It's a big deal," Legrand says.
The prize, given annually to British and Irish music only, has gone to standard-bearers like Pulp and Portishead in the past. This year, The xx beat Dizzee Rascal and Paul Weller.
Beach House and The xx have been touring since the beginning of the year, and inevitably they've coincided on a bunch of dates. They played Glastonbury in June, and will be at Austin City Limits in October...
Since their debut, British music mags have fawned all over The xx for their moody arrangements. Legrand described their music as "fragile yet powerful."
"What they do is definitely fresh," she says. "It's highly stripped down, not over-produced. I like the simplicity of it."
Sounds like something someone might say about Beach House. The band opens for Vampire Weekend Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Look out for our review.
The xx play DC's 9:30 club October 5.