Passive Me, Aggressive You by The Naked and Famous on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

New Zealand’s the Naked and Famous had a hit in their country in 2010 with this debut album and the single, “Young Blood”, which subsequently found its way to American television shows like “Gossip Girl”, “Covert Affairs”, and “Chuck”. The tune’s anthemic, psych-pop flavor (think MGMT) makes it an easy song to love: it’s uplifting, hooky and fun to sing along to. TN&F seem to produce potential hits with little effort: “All of This” has a great build, with tense, pulsating synths and breathy melancholy feeding each bouncy note; “Punching In a Dream” and “Eyes” are all crackling synths and dance-floor heartbeats. Beyond pop-hit sweets, the band explores electronic textures, both hazy and heavy (“The Ends”, “The Source”, “Jilted Lovers”), darker moods (“The Sun”, a sleeper track), and throws down occasional heavy guitar riffage, as if to say, We are more than that (“Spank”, “A Wolf In Geek’s Clothing”, both very effective). Passive Me is weighted with more substance than one might assume at first glance; spending time with this impressive debut unveils a record offering more than the obvious pop thrills, yummy and irresistible as they are.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Zealand’s the Naked and Famous had a hit in their country in 2010 with this debut album and the single, “Young Blood”, which subsequently found its way to American television shows like “Gossip Girl”, “Covert Affairs”, and “Chuck”. The tune’s anthemic, psych-pop flavor (think MGMT) makes it an easy song to love: it’s uplifting, hooky and fun to sing along to. TN&F seem to produce potential hits with little effort: “All of This” has a great build, with tense, pulsating synths and breathy melancholy feeding each bouncy note; “Punching In a Dream” and “Eyes” are all crackling synths and dance-floor heartbeats. Beyond pop-hit sweets, the band explores electronic textures, both hazy and heavy (“The Ends”, “The Source”, “Jilted Lovers”), darker moods (“The Sun”, a sleeper track), and throws down occasional heavy guitar riffage, as if to say, We are more than that (“Spank”, “A Wolf In Geek’s Clothing”, both very effective). Passive Me is weighted with more substance than one might assume at first glance; spending time with this impressive debut unveils a record offering more than the obvious pop thrills, yummy and irresistible as they are.

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About The Naked and Famous

New Zealand indie electronic ensemble the Naked and Famous make driving, melodic pop with an '80s post-punk influence. Centered around the talents of vocalist Alisa Xayalith and instrumentalist/vocalist Thom Powers, the band formed in 2008 and released two EPs before adding members to play live. In 2010 they released their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, featuring the number one single "Young Blood." In support of their debut, the band went on a massive world tour, performing some 200 odd dates.

With the tour at an end, the group found themselves relocating to Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles in 2012 with the aim of writing and recording their sophomore release. Working with the likes of Alan Moulder and Justin Meldal-Johnson, the group released their second album, In Rolling Waves, in September 2013. Buoyed by the singles "Hearts Like Ours," "A Stillness," and "I Kill Giants," the album reached number four in New Zealand and peaked at number 14 on Billboard's U.S. Top Alternative Albums chart.

In 2016, the Naked and Famous returned with their third full-length album, Simple Forms. The album came after an extended hiatus during which time Powers and Xayalith ended their romantic relationship; a painful transition that informed the recording of the album. Produced at Powers' home in Echo Park in Los Angeles, Simple Forms featured the single "Higher." ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Auckland, New Zealand
  • FORMED
    2008

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