XY&O is the creative amalgamation of songwriters Skip Curtis, Nick Kelly and Tudor Davies.
It began in an Exeter dorm room in early 2015 - Tudor was studying at the University of Exeter when he invited Skip, an old friend, down from Cardiff to write, record, drink and eat their way into some sort of musical collaboration. Unaware of any intended musical direction, Skip roped in Nick Kelly in hopes of bringing another dimension to the session. The three of them sat down and in a day wrote what would become ‘Low Tide’ – bringing with it the genesis of their unique style, later coined as ‘haze pop’.
Their first single, Low Tide, enjoyed overnight online success alongside positive critical acclaim from a worldwide audience. Early demos began to take shape whilst all three lived across the country from each other - Tudor in Exeter, Skip in Cardiff and Nick in Reading. These early demos were later developed into the band’s first extended play, Shimmer + Shade. The self-released EP gained huge popularity on all online platforms, it was at this point the three had discovered that XY&O had somewhat unintentionally become a band.