When listening to “Falling” by U.K. artist RXC there’s going to be a temptation to compare the shadowy effort to the xx. It’s almost unavoidable, and something RXC acknowledges with her Soundcloud tags (one of them is “the xx”). The same sort of yearning is there. The guitars in “Falling” trace circles you’d find in Romy Madley Croft’s own playing. And the percussive beats are lively enough to signal a pulse, but not so loud as to drown out the whirring vocals. And in totality a similar air of mystery exists with both.
However, there’s less of a resignation with RXC. She seems to be seeking a way out of the morass. Her voice is lithe as she keeps her head down and tries to find a way to break her fall. She’s quoted as saying the song is about “being stuck somewhere in life and not knowing where to go next.” Such uncertainty is palpable. But it’s not all consuming. There’s an understanding that an escape to somewhere, anywhere, needs to be made. And sometimes such knowledge is enough.