Naked and Famous announces new album, shares "Hearts Like Ours" - Reverb

Naked and Famous announces new album, shares “Hearts Like Ours”

Anyone who watched the Naked and Famous shoot up the charts and into larger venues knows of the New Zealand pop band’s potential. But it’s also hard to judge a band on a debut album alone, regardless of how good it is.

And here enters the news of the Naked and Famous’ new record, “In Rolling Waves,” to be released on Sept. 17 on Republic. The band released its lead single “Hearts Like Ours” this week. Stream it here:

It’s safe to say that 2010’s “Passive Me, Aggressive You” is one of the strongest, most infectious debuts of the last few years. On the strength of the obnoxiously great single “Young Blood,” which has since been heard on radio and film and TV commercials and beyond, the record pushed the Kiwi act into the indie pop elite – and then way past that, onto mainstream FM stations and prime time television.

Singer Alisa Xayalith & Co. are back after nearly three years, and this latest single has some of the same electronic pop manipulation that made “Young Blood” so fun. “Hearts Like Ours” grows from muted tones to opened-up grandeur in the first 45 seconds, and then it’s onto the wide-open, full-blown chorus, which sounds … familiar.

Is there a formula at work here? Yeah. But the band is young, and it’s a winning sound — especially because Xayalith’s voice is that of a siren, cooing, telling secrets and speaking seductively to the backdrop of the best pop-electronic production this side of Passion Pit.

The Naked and Famous play Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, on Oct. 18.

More Naked and Famous tour dates:

Sept. 25 – San Diego CA, House of Blues

Sept. 27 – Los Angeles CA, Wiltern

Sept. 29 – Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater

Oct. 1 – Dallas TX, House of Blues

Oct. 2 – Austin TX, Stubbs

Oct. 3 – Houston TX, House of Blues

Oct. 5 – Atlanta GA, The Tabernacle

Oct. 6 – Washington DC, 9:30 Club

Oct. 8 – Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory

Oct. 10 – New York NY, Terminal 5

Oct. 12 – Boston MA, House of Blues

Oct. 14 – Toronto ON, Sound Academy

Oct. 16 – Chicago IL, Riviera Theater

Oct. 18 – Denver CO, Fillmore Auditorium

Oct. 20 – Vancouver BC, Orpheum Theatre

Oct. 21 – Seattle WA, Showbox Sodo

Oct. 22 – Portland OR, Roseland Theater

Oct. 24 – Las Vegas NV, The Cosmopolitan

Oct. 25 – Oakland CA, Fox Theater

Oct. 26 – Pomona CA, Fox Theater

Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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