"We're just young and naïve still" was the opening line of the song that presented numerous listeners global to the phenomenon that is The Naked And Famous. Released a decade earlier now, it became an anthem for every one of us who uncovered their adulthood slowly budding, fighting through the caretotally free nature it was trying to leave behind. Each subsequent release played prefer a personal soundtrack, bookmarking the chapters of our continuous journey—in tandem through their very own. 

It is now virtually ten years later on, and while remaining band also members Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith are no longer naïve or fairly as young, they still find themselves asking questions about the world around them, and also the one within them. And you much better believe that they chronicle each lesson via a complete heart and also a belted out chorus on their forthcoming album, Recover

It's a consistent workday afternoon as soon as I initially hear Thom and also Alisa's eager hellos over the phone. Retaining their New Zealand accents ever so slightly, they sheight with the confidence of market veterans and the humility of two artists who identify the occupational that it took to gain tright here. "Back it was really vital that if we were going to be a band also, we would not come back residence," Thom reveals about their original move from Auckland also to L.A. "I had this fear that it would certainly be a walk of shame coming residence after worldwide success. The incredibly culturally normal thing to perform if you’re Kiwi and also you hit 18 is you either go to uni or go to England also to drink around. I just didn’t desire to do that; I didn’t want to be among those bands that made a small tour and came back home." Perhaps it was this are afraid of regarded faiattract that offered the band also the rebellious edge that resonated with the (what are now) more than one million monthly listeners on their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You. But if you ask me, it was the fearless method through which they explored what it intended to be a young adult. Transcribing their doubts, successes, their love and their shame into an indie pop genre that at the moment necessary a little electro increase. 

"It's really a tricky time to be a musician," Thom confesses to me as we babble on about the added push of producing even more than just music, but fairly an entire phenomenon in order to be noticed. A Beychella if you will. "It's not as simple as it appears on the external. It's really hard to stand also out and have a cultural activity." Of course, the supremacy of streaming and the unrestricted accessibility that artists have actually implies that they have the right to affix with their fans instantaneously with new releases. Which subsequently means that they're not the just artists vying for their attention at the exact same time. But tright here is something pure around the duo's approach. Their music is not stemmed in endless chases of folreduced counts or shameless validations. It sindicate concerns them once they're all set to get it. Recover—booked for release in May—takes its title from one of its a lot of fragile tracks. Written about the death of her mommy, Alisa bares her grief, coming to terms via what the lack indicates to her currently, so many type of years later on. "I simply think about times that I wish I could talk to her, when points happen in my life. I really felt the lack of that and I was simply reasoning exactly how I’m constantly trying to recover from the grief from that experience." As a lot of artistic moments go, this one was birthed quietly and also all of a sudden, as Thom recounts. "She was driving and also singing the chorus on its own, before the lyrics and also the melodies were tright here and it was just stunning. And I thought, 'Whoa.' That’s the album title." 

For a band that has watched its fair share of successes, honing their craft over the much better component of the previous decade, it was humbling to learn that they still place great prominence in sentiment. "I bought a house in L.A," she excitedly plunges right into the story of its purchase and contribution to the album. "It’s so competitive tbelow and also I’m not made of money. I have actually tried putting in an offer through 8 or 9 homes . I walked right into this one and also tbelow was this grand piano in the living room and also it was simply really warmth and also instantly I was just whole here. So I composed a letter to the owner who was in her late 60s, she review my letter and she dropped in love with the reality that I was an artist and also that I wasn’t looking to flip a house and also make a profit. The piano in the house belongs to her great-great-grandmom and this was a weird meant-to-be minute, and we ended up writing the majority of of the album here. We created on the piano that came via the house."  

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For years, The Naked And Famous flourished on their personal march towards enlightenment by expanding their variety of hyped up stadium anthems and brooding synth burners. But their best challenge—and arguably achievement— continues to be the balance they strike in between their very own individual imaginative procedure and their loyalty to their fans. "When we're in the studio it's an recurring consideration that we sometimes battle through. Do we compose songs simply for us, execute we create it for an audience, for our brand also, our integrity? These are extremely emotional considerations that are like intuitions.


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Some days we will want to lean in to what is comfortable, and others we won't." The rules of the universe are really rather easy, and also if you follow the band's releases on a singular and cumulative basis over the years, you will notification that they abide by them almost religiously. Due to the fact that wright here tbelow is ying, tbelow will certainly constantly be an equal yang, and also wbelow tbelow is a downputting of emotional rain, tright here will certainly constantly be a rhythmic sun to dry you off.