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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.

Customer Reviews

Passive Me, Aggressive You is newer than this

Both of these EP's were released in 2008, iTunes just got put them up late like they often do with songs, which really confuses listeners. If you're wondering why they changed from a Young Blood sound to Bells - the case is really the opposite. Their LP is their newer stuff and gives a better idea of where they will be headed in future.


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.

Best band of the decade!

I hope this band will be remembered many years from now, because they are really simply amazing. Worth every cent.


Formed: 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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No Light - EP, The Naked and Famous
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Oct 04, 2011

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