The Naked and Famous – Simple Forms
So, 2010 was spent dancing frantically to The Naked
And Famous’ breakout hits, Young Blood and Punching In A Dream - thumping, emotional electronica that screamed about summer and youth. They have never quite managed to replicate that zeitgeisty feel, however, the New Zealand five-piece certainly haven’t lost any of their electric magnetism. Their third record, Simple Forms makes the most of mega vocals from Alisa Xayalith whose reedy, ethereal voice flies on the anthemic Higher, and the wistful, melancholic Laid Low. Things get a bit punk-boyband on My Energy, thanks to guitarist Thom Powers stepping up to the mic, while the minimalist start to Falling fails to grab ears. A solid effort that doesn’t quite reach dizzying heights.