New Zealand has been musically mute for a little more than a decade. They have not managed to top a chart in their own country for 16 years. They have flipped 180 degrees by birthing a rediculously cool quintet called The Naked and Famous. Their first studio album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You”, was released 6 September 2010 and I’ve literally spent days listening to it.
The Naked and Famous members (For lack of a better word) are:
David Beadle, Thom Powers, Aaron Short, Jesse Wood, Alisa Xayalith
The Naked and Famous’ record collections would appear to include The xx‘esque guy-girl harmonies, the shoegaze sounds of Slowdive, the synth-popness straight from the 80’s like MGMT / Imogen Heap, and the distorted electronica of Chemical Brothers. Bubble bubble toil and trouble, sounds like a disasterous musical concoction of sonic rubble. No siree! It’s magic.
The Naked and Famous is awesomesauce! Give it a listen and let me know what you think.