Dutch writer - Founder of Lefuturewave - Music enthusiast
BOWIE wrote Xo during a difficult time in her career. She was disillusioned by the music industry and considered quitting altogether. However, she found inspiration for the song in a moment of clarity.
Xo is about the importance of staying true to yourself, no matter what others say or expect. It expresses her determination not to give up on her dreams or compromise her identity as an artist.
Contrary to today’s usual production methods, BOWIE decided to record the song live in one piece, with piano and vocals. Imperfections aren’t hidden or masked, and that’s what makes Xo so authentic.
All the other instruments in the arrangement follow the same recording technique. The chorus features bombastic drums and flying guitars, and the verses incorporate massive 808 basses. The sound pulsates with vitality.
We can only praise BOWIE for going against the grain. She does things that no one else is capable of. You won’t believe how good Xo is.