Watch: The Naked And Famous – “Hearts Like Ours”

31 Jul


New Zealand dream-pop superstars The Naked And Famous returned to our musical consciousness recently and while we could get them under trade descriptions for their ongoing lack of nudity, their profile has grown sufficiently that there can be no question of their fame, both at home and across the globe.

Following on from their 2011 (2010 if you are actually from New Zealand) debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, the band will release In Rolling Wavesin September. Preceding it by about a week will be the album’s first single, “Hearts Like Ours”, which went down a storm when it was debuted last week, amassing soundcloud plays by the truckload and radio plays from all the major stations. Which is understandable as it is a quality piece of electro-pop that sounds not too dissimilar to a slower paced Chvrches.

Following on from the audio comes the visual and the gang have just released a fantastically cinematic and frankly bonkers promo to accompany it. Long time collaborator Campbell Hooper has returned once again to direct the video and it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that he had been watching some David Lynch films recently, or visiting exhibitions of surrealist art perhaps, or maybe mushrooms have featured in his diet recently. What we are trying to say is, well, it’s a bit weird.

The visuals look amazing and it is unquestionably compelling viewing, but with a guy punching a wall, twins whispering, smoke, a guy bench pressing with a tarantula on his chest (don’t try this at home kids) smoke, swimming and more smoke, it’s kinda hard to know what is going on. Regardless it looks amazing and certainly adds a sense of earnestness and weight to the track as well. Check it out, enjoy, and if you manage to work out what is going on, please do let us know.

”Hearts Like Ours” will be released on 9 September. The sophomore The Naked and Famous album, ‘In Rolling Waves’, is due out on 16 September via Fiction Records and can be pre-ordered on iTunes, CD or vinyl.

Check out The Naked and Famous on tour in the UK this autumn.

21 – Ritz – Manchester
22 – HMV Institute – Birmingham
23 – UEA – Norwich
25 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin
26 – The Limelight – Belfast
27 – O2 ABC – Glasgow
29 – O2 Academy – Bristol
30 – O2 Academy – Oxford

02 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London

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One Response to “Watch: The Naked And Famous – “Hearts Like Ours””

  1. Name not supplied October 31, 2013 at 15:07 #

    My unit of measure for New Zealand music is pretty much set by flight of the conchords, and while I liked them, these have cooler hair so must be better.

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