There are a lot of great duos making outstanding pieces of music these days, Broods and Cathedrals instantly come to mind, and Sydney based indie-electronic pair AViVAA is the latest to catch my ear. “XX” is a brooding second offering from the twosome showcasing a unique blend of tantalizing sounds and styles that are both emotive and intuitive. I find it very easy to sit back and to breathe in not only the words, but the raw emotions behind them as if they are exclusively my own. At times, I feel those familiar thoughts and fears of unrequited love brewing inside of me and at other times I think about those same hopes and worries being about me. “XX” has a way of lulling me into various states of consciousness, where the haziness of repetitive drum taps and the hypnotically sultry vocals of Aviva Payne push me away from everyone and everything else around me. Where there is only two people who matter at this very moment. AVIVAA has created a powerfully real and hauntingly addicting song I completely get lost in. And I wouldn’t want it any other way!