Romy, the frontwoman and guitarist of The xx, has once again teamed up with DJ and producer Fred again.. for a new single called “Strong.” The song was first heard at gigs and festivals this past summer leading up to its release. It’s also Romy’s second solo song, chasing up 2020’s “Lifetime.”
The accomplished duo previously teamed up on Fred’s “Lights Out.” In addition to Romy’s live performances of the new single, Fred teased the collaboration during his standout Boiler Room set earlier this year.
The pulsating dance track was inspired by the classic Ibiza house sound and pays homage to the community and comfort of the club. Romy and Fred produced the single alongside electronic musician Stuart Price.
“Strong” debuts with a music video directed by Romy’s wife, filmmaker and photographer Vic Lentaigne.
“”Strong” came from a moment in my life when I was processing past grief,” Romy said.
“Whilst writing the lyrics I was thinking about my cousin Luis, we both have the shared experience of our mums passing away when we were young. I recognise in him the same trait I have which is to try and hold emotions down and put on a brave face. The song was a way to connect with these feelings, offer support and ultimately find a sense of release in the euphoria of music. Luis is with me on the single cover and in the music video too which was really special.
My friendship with Fred means a lot to me, our closeness helps me to feel safe to be honest and vulnerable lyrically and we definitely connect over our love of songwriting and emotions in dance music. It’s amazing and inspiring seeing and hearing what Fred is doing in his solo work and I’m very excited to be releasing this song together.”
Stream Romy and Fred again..’s new single “Strong.”