The xx “I Miss You (Beyonce Cover)”

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A moody R&B jam built around the forlorn longing for an ex-lover no longer within reach, Beyonce’s Frank Ocean-penned “I Miss You” is right up The xx’ wheelhouse, so of course the London duo would treat their fans on Valentine’s Day with a swipe at the tune.

Stripping back the original’s sleek futuro-R&B sheen for a skeletal guitar-and-vocal live take highlighted by its spine-chilling moments of silence, their cover is, as expected, simply mesmerizing, the sparse arrangement and hushed intimacy of Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft’s vocals magnifying the song’s depressingly lonesome despair a thousand fold.

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