Posted: October 26, 2021 in MUSIC
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Nation of Language to perform UK shows in January 2022

Nation Of Language are a Brooklyn-based indie-pop band who are bringing a modern twist to synth-punk and new-wave music.

The indie pop act Nation of Language will play a string of shows across the UK in January 2022. The tour will promote their new album “A Way Forward”, which is set to be released on 5th November. It continues the successful formula of new-wave synths, haunting vocals and propulsive drum beats which defined their critically lauded debut “Introduction, Presence“.

While much of the sounds on the band’s previous record garnered comparisons to the synth-punk sound of the 80’s, on this new offering the band delved heavily into the Krautrock pioneers and electronic experimentalists of the 70’s for inspiration in the studio, stretching their boundaries in new and different ways.

The musical trio’s first single from the album ‘Across That Fine Line’ was released this June. Singer/songwriter Ian Devaney said of the track, ‘”Across That Fine Line” is a reflection on that moment when a non-romantic relationship flips into something different. When the air in the room suddenly feels like it changes in an undefinable way.

‘It’s a kind of celebration of that certain joyous panic, and the uncertainty that surfaces right after it.’

We drew a lot from the steady locomotive rhythms of bands like Kraftwerk and Neu!, while also looking to less-propulsive electronic artists like Laurie Spiegel and Cluster. The goal was to have a record that felt like a journey, like being on a train that gets lost in a colourful fog, and then suddenly bursts through into different landscapes. Thematically, some of those landscapes are familiar in their melancholy, but we also wanted to introduce celebration and joy in a way that hadn’t really been present in our previous album. Having these bursts of positivity felt like it gave the emotional low points more resonance, giving a stronger sense of emotional reality to the album overall.”

Nation of Language performing “SONG” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded October 13th, 2021.

Songs: Across That Fine Line Wounds of Love This Fractured Mind The Wall & I

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