The Naked and Famous
The Naked and Famous are one of those bands it might be easy to overlook because they sound a lot like another band. Really, I’m being super literal and thinking about The Head and the Heart. I’m not saying they make the same music, I’m just saying that in a busy life, it can be easy to forget who’s who. I’ll tell you what, though: it’s in your best interest not to overlook The Naked and Famous. The 5-piece band from New Zealand (and now living in LA) delivers an innovative indie-pop and post-funk blend like today’s reverb-heavy “Hearts Like Ours,” which is a single off of their forthcoming album, In Rolling Waves, due out September 17th.
Wow. The Naked and Famous. Fitting band name. But, yeah…maybe I should start off by saying this isn’t safe for work. Just a heads up.
Sometimes I wonder if when artists write songs, they are writing with a visual idea in mind. This music video by The Naked and Famous is a perfect example of why I would think about this. If you listen to the song on it’s own, it’s a woozy, pop-ish song with vocals that might be a bit too monotone to really keep your focus. Let’s just put it this way: it took me a few listens before I was really captivated. But then the video came along and brought a whole new dimension which I now can’t imagine the song without. This video is not only incredible from an artistic perspective, but it’s also such a perfect representation of this song that all makes sense to me now: it’s sexual; it touches, it builds, it explodes, it breathes.
Was that the artist’s plan all along? To create this colorful, sexual song? Or did the video itself turn it into that?
Directed by Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali for Special Problems.
Nods to P&P.