“Chained” is the latest track to surface from Coexist, the highly anticipated sophomore album by The xx. Ambient and sultry, backed throughout by a soft, palpitating beat and utilizing little guitar work until the more rousing ending — it’s the kind of understated, yet lush track we’ve come to expect from the UK group. Even more moving than the music itself are the lyrics, which tell the story of a faltering relationship and lovers who are growing apart. The repeated line, “We used to be closer than this…” is especially heartbreaking.

Coexist comes out on September 11th via Young Turks.

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