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‘Simple Forms’ is the new album from The Naked And Famous, released in the UK on February 3, 2017 via Kobalt Label Services/AWAL. Recorded in Los Angeles, where the New Zealand five-piece have lived for the past three years, it is a self-produced return to the sound of their striking 2010 debut ‘Passive Me Aggressive You’ with singles ‘Higher and ‘The Runners’ echoing the euphoric global hits ‘Young Blood’ and ‘Punching in A Dream.’

TNAF’s Thom Powers told US publication Be-Street “This is a very vocal album and it is back to being quite bright. There aren’t many long instrumental passages. It’s more vocally oriented and the songs are carved around that core emotional message to the listener.”

That core emotional message sees many songs that might be interpreted as relating to the break-up between the band’s two vocalists, Powers and Alisa Xayalith. Together since the age of 18, Alisa and Thom’s relationship had been the foundation of the band.

But as Xayalith points out in the same interview, “If you persevere with love and determination, you’re going to come through a really dark time and feel very proud of yourself because you triumph over the situation. You grew and you became a stronger person because of it and I think that’s beautiful.”

The Naked And Famous have just finished a mammoth two-month tour of North America to start their Simple Forms live campaign. They hit the UK and European tour in February 2017 following dates in Australia and New Zealand.

The US has proved extremely fruitful for the group with ‘Young Blood’ now a certified Platinum million seller there and their recent showing at Austin City Limits drawing mammoth crowds and rave reviews.

As Austin 360 said in picking The Naked and Famous as a must-see act in weekend two of the festival, “They’ve made their nude, distinguished name by creating soaring songs stacked with anthemic hooks. When you’re immersed in an hour of their music, you truly feel like you’re in a fantasy film. Perhaps, oh riding a luck dragon through the skies of Fantasia. Their Weekend One set made us believe in magic.”

Sun 12 Feb Liquid Room Edinburgh
Mon 13 Feb Academy 2, Manchester
Tue 14 Feb O2 Kentish Town Forum