[video] Nation of Language – Sole Obsession

Back in 2021, Brooklyn band Nation of Language released their excellent sophomore LP A Way Forward, and now they are following it up with a new single “Sole Obsession” — a captivating and catchy track that showcases the band’s unique blend of retro and modern sounds. Another great addition to their catalogue!

Nation of Language live in Bologna’22

It looks like they are also gearing up to provide us with a new record this year, although no announcements have been made just yet. Here’s what Ian Devaney and Aidan Noell from the group say about the single:

“In simplest terms, ‘Sole Obsession’ is one about knowing when, or if, to give in or give up. Particularly, when to untie the knots we tie ourselves into when an infatuation sets in. So many of us have experienced an addictive feeling that constricts us further and further until, hopefully, there’s a moment of clarity that allows one to free themself from that particular compulsion. The title of our next album, Strange Disciple, is a lyric from ‘Sole Obsession’ which references a character of such a nature; one who finds themself an adherent to a subject that is probably not worth the devotion”.

The track is out with the beautiful music video, directed by John MacKay and shot in 16mm around Queens and Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.

Watch below.

[song] Nation of Language – Across That Fine Line (Joe Goddard Remix)

Nation of Language performing live at Locomotiv Club, Bologna’22

Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) has given “Across That Fine Line” from Nation of Language a new treatment, converting it from the fan-favorite anthemic single to a mesmerizing and synth-infused trip of a song.

The original track is taken from A Way Forward, a brilliant sophomore LP from the band, released in late 2021 via PIAS Recordings.

Listen below and get the remix here.

[video] Nation of Language – The Grey Commute

Ahead of next month’s release of the new album A Way Forward on November 5, Nation of Language have shared another of its tracks, a stellar new wave cut “The Grey Commute”.

It is released alongside probably their best and definitely their funniest music video so far, which features fantastic acting performances by the trio and also a great dose of dark humour. It is directed by Gary Canino (aka Dark Tea).

Talking about the new song, songwriter/vocalist Ian Devaney said:

«In some ways “The Grey Commute” is one of the more upbeat songs of the record, but in truth it’s one that was born out of much more depressing stuff. As I was working on the lyrics I had a kind of fixation on terrible tax policies, our cultural addiction to meaningless consumption, and it all got swept together into this punchy, kind of fun track».

Watch below and pre-order the LP here.

[video] Nation of Language – A Word & A Wave

Nation of Language will release a new album A Way Forward on November 5 (pre-order it here).

We have already heard a steady run of new songs — “Across That Fine Line”, “Wounds of Love”, “This Fractured Mind”, and now the band shares a fourth single, “A Word & A Wave”, an infectious song with a clever and lovely message. It comes together with a nice lyric video, created by the band.

Watch it below.

[song] Nation of Language – Wounds of Love

Last month, Nation of Language announced their upcoming and highly anticipated new album, A Way Forward, set to be released on November 5.

We have already heard lead single “Across That Fine Line”, and now trio share the latest preview, a marvellous “Wounds of Love”, described by the band as a “song about trying to break out of the feedback loop in your head when a relationship comes to an unhappy conclusion”.

Listen below and pre-order the LP here.