Kiwi crackers The Naked And Famous has finally returned to the airwaves with a new track. Hearts Like Ours is the band’s first release from its forthcoming second album In Rolling Waves, set for release on 16 September, and was debuted on BBC Radio overnight.
It’s been three years since the Auckland quintet burst on to the scene with debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You, which spawned mega hits Young Blood and Punching In A Dream. For the early adopters of their sound, myself included, three years has been too long a wait.
But I’m happy to report it was more than worth it. Hearts Like Ours holds all the hallmarks of what made the band’s sound so attractive to my ears all those years ago. It’s heavy on the synths, thick on the bass, has a hypnotic, driving beat, crunchy guitars, pretty blips and of course the unique blending of Alissa Xayalith’s delightfully strained vocals with those of fellow band founder Thom Powers.
Now based in Los Angeles, The Naked And Famous is about to embark on a tour of the US and Europe. I’m sure the five of them will be back to Australia and New Zealand soon too to show off their new tunes. I was hoping they might get added to the Harvest Festival bill in November, already headlined by Massive Attack, with the additional clout of Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Primus, Eels and more. It’s a stellar bill, but one TNAF would fit nicely into, I reckon. But sadly they’ll be rocking Paris when that date rolls around.
In closing, for the geeks among you, here’s a clip of how the crew operates in the studio.