"In Rolling Waves" by The Naked and Famous on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland, New Zealand’s Naked and Famous relocated to Los Angeles to prove that their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, wasn’t a fluke. After finding themselves compared to everyone from MGMT to Paramore, The Naked and Famous expand their approach on In Rolling Waves. If the response to the album's first single—the excellent “Hearts Like Ours”—is any indication, the quartet has won the hearts and minds of everyone who loves an indelibly catchy tune. This one is led by the cotton-candy sweet vocals of keyboardist Alisa Xayalith, but fellow vocalist Thom Powers won't cede all control. The two duet with intent on the not-quite-a “Waltz” before Xayalith’s solo spot runs off with it. Heartbreak's on the tongue of the quieter moments (“The Mess,” “Grow Old”), but so are epic rock stances. “To Move with Purpose” clings closer to aggressive hard rock and alt-feedback than the dance floor–accommodating “I Kill Giants” and “What We Want.” The Naked and Famous are clearly dangerous, ready to expand their reach to wherever they think their audience is willing to go. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland, New Zealand’s Naked and Famous relocated to Los Angeles to prove that their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, wasn’t a fluke. After finding themselves compared to everyone from MGMT to Paramore, The Naked and Famous expand their approach on In Rolling Waves. If the response to the album's first single—the excellent “Hearts Like Ours”—is any indication, the quartet has won the hearts and minds of everyone who loves an indelibly catchy tune. This one is led by the cotton-candy sweet vocals of keyboardist Alisa Xayalith, but fellow vocalist Thom Powers won't cede all control. The two duet with intent on the not-quite-a “Waltz” before Xayalith’s solo spot runs off with it. Heartbreak's on the tongue of the quieter moments (“The Mess,” “Grow Old”), but so are epic rock stances. “To Move with Purpose” clings closer to aggressive hard rock and alt-feedback than the dance floor–accommodating “I Kill Giants” and “What We Want.” The Naked and Famous are clearly dangerous, ready to expand their reach to wherever they think their audience is willing to go. 

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

112 Ratings

In Rolling Waves

xoCHEWBACCAxo,

This album is just so sad and lovely. A beautiful work of art.

SOOOO Not Like Their First Album

AaronPants,

I WAS so excited about this album the moment I saw it appear on iTunes before release. Their album "Passive Me, Aggressive You" is one of the best AltRock albums I've ever heard, especially with "Young Blood" and "Punching in A Dream." This album is such a drastic change. It's mostly slow, the lead dude's vocals are barely featured and most songs sound the same. Disappointing... "I Kill Giants" ROCKS though!

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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