"Chained," the second single off Coexist, has all the somber intensity that is distinctly xx and nothing more. The play of lyrics between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim invoke heartbreak and the rhetoric that often emerges in its wake, asking, "Did I hold you too tight?"
Bringing this lament to life is LA video production crew Young Replicant, who have previously created videos for Purity Ring, M83, Wise Blood, Baths, and more. Applying their abstract narrative style to "Chained," the team brought to life a story conceived by The xx's Romy Madley Croft that takes place underwater. With the same simplicity of their music, each of the band members plays a part within this setting. As Croft describes it, "No vignettes, just three individual journeys."