With a double A-side 12” "Girl"/"Sleep Sound" in the making, Jamie xx unveils the visual translation for his new single “Sleep Sound." Helmed by London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli, the clip depicts listening experiences of members of the Manchester Deaf Centre, of ages five to 27. According to Mattioli, the key component of the video is the "relationship between silence and music:"
“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement. The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work, says Mattioli. The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”
"Girl"/"Sleep Sound" is out May 5 via Young Turks.