NATION OF LANGUAGE - Introduction, Presence LP
by Nation Of Language
€20.00 / Sold Out
Nation Of Language are Brooklyn-based synth auteurs entering 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having already earned high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum and countless others.
Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quick earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, establishing themselves in the process as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape. After much anticipation, their first full-length album Introduction, Presence has arrived.
The first track Tournament starts off with some softly oscillating synths poised over a light drum beat. Devaney’s echoing vocals emote a wistful reflection on a life spent waiting for love. September Again uses more agile synth wobbles to create a higher-pitched melody, fading in and out of Devaney’s vocals for a smooth transition. On Division St. has to be one of my favorite tracks, especially the way the quick synth stabs create a rhythmic contrast to Devaney’s steady, melodic lyrics. The somber words continue the feeling of bittersweet rejection found in Tournament but the upbeat tone reads more liberated than despondent.
Later tracks channel the band’s more notable ’80s sound, with Friend Machine sounding like something straight off of a New Order album. Coupled with spacey synths, Devaney’s ghostlike words make for a head-bopping composition.
The Wall and I closes the album with a sanguine tone. Here, bouncing synths and a more structured drum beat set the track apart from others. Sui-Poi’s bass lines take the reigns from Noelle’s normally commanding synthesizer. It’s an interesting closer, one that leaves you wanting more from this talented trio.
Introduction, Presence is a refreshing approach to the flagship sounds from the ’80s, adding enough new wave twists to avoid being pigeonholed into one genre.
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