In Rolling Waves

In Rolling Waves

by The Naked and Famous
     
 

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New Zealand's the Naked and Famous made a big neon-colored splash in 2010 with their full-length debut album, Passive Me Aggressive You. That album showcased the group's catchy, dance-oriented sound that mixed gigantic analog synths with the group's dual male/female lead vocals

Overview

New Zealand's the Naked and Famous made a big neon-colored splash in 2010 with their full-length debut album, Passive Me Aggressive You. That album showcased the group's catchy, dance-oriented sound that mixed gigantic analog synths with the group's dual male/female lead vocals from guitarist Thom Powers and keyboardist Alisa Xayalith. The group's 2013 sophomore effort, In Rolling Waves, still features Powers and Xayalith, but finds the band experimenting with a more moody, somewhat serious tone that makes room for some welcome acoustic guitar. Part of this move toward a more organic sound was purportedly due to the bandmembers' desire to record an album they could more easily play live. Which isn't to say the keyboards are gone. On the contrary, there are still plenty of fuzzy, old-school synthesizers all over the album. The acoustic moments simply add yet another tonal color to the band's palette, which is clearly expanding. Working with engineer Billy Bush, Powers and keyboardist Aaron Short took on the production duties, as did Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Paramore), who lent his sophisticated, pop-oriented ears to two tracks. One of those tracks, "I Kill Giants," is particularly epic in proportion and cinematic in its emotional momentum. In minor contrast to the band's previous effort, the moments of pared-down instrumentation here seem to offer a necessary respite from the intensity, providing necessary moments of calm as we anticipate the next joyous sonic wave.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602537492725
catalogNumber:
001914302
Rank:
5600

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Performance Credits

Naked and Famous   Primary Artist
Aaron Short   Group Member
Jesse Wood   Group Member
Andrew Bulbrook   Violin
David Beadle   Group Member
Alisa Xayalith   Group Member
Thom Powers   Group Member
Eric Byers   Cello
Benjamin Jacobson   Violin
Jonathan Moeerschel   Viola

Technical Credits

Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Producer
Aaron Short   Composer,Producer
Billy Bush   Engineer
Joel Kefali   Artwork
Andrew Bulbrook   String Arrangements
Alisa Xayalith   Composer
Thom Powers   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Max McEligott   Composer

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