"No Light - EP" by The Naked and Famous on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As evidenced by the cover art and similarly quirky song titles, the Auckland, New Zealand, indie quintet The Naked and Famous pick up on their new EP (No Light) right where their preceding one (This Machine) left off. This time around there’s a noticeable difference from the opening tune, “Dadada,” where the band injects heavy guitar distortion in the flavor of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal. But under this six-string static the band’s penchant for post-punk-tinged electro-pop still thrives. The rougher edge seems to have rubbed off on singer Alisa Xayalith, who inflects here with a tougher approach on par with Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Xayalith’s coy and playful approach resurfaces on the following “Birds,” where Thom Powers’ collage of multi-instrumental textures adds palpable dimension without taking away from the tune’s grappling pop hooks. Xayalith sings through some dirty distortion on “Cheek,” where those futuristic-sounding garage-rock guitars return with a vengeance as they crumble under their own buzz and fuzz. “Part 2” boast the catchiest melodies here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As evidenced by the cover art and similarly quirky song titles, the Auckland, New Zealand, indie quintet The Naked and Famous pick up on their new EP (No Light) right where their preceding one (This Machine) left off. This time around there’s a noticeable difference from the opening tune, “Dadada,” where the band injects heavy guitar distortion in the flavor of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal. But under this six-string static the band’s penchant for post-punk-tinged electro-pop still thrives. The rougher edge seems to have rubbed off on singer Alisa Xayalith, who inflects here with a tougher approach on par with Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Xayalith’s coy and playful approach resurfaces on the following “Birds,” where Thom Powers’ collage of multi-instrumental textures adds palpable dimension without taking away from the tune’s grappling pop hooks. Xayalith sings through some dirty distortion on “Cheek,” where those futuristic-sounding garage-rock guitars return with a vengeance as they crumble under their own buzz and fuzz. “Part 2” boast the catchiest melodies here.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

89 Ratings

Great!

Jasminemtz04,

I loved it!

confused?

Mr_Fly22,

How is this out now when it says its released Nov. 7th? Regardless, Both of these EP's are Great! Loved their LP and it just gets better.

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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