Nation Of Language share new remix by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard

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“They’ve delivered a true modern-day classic of the synth-pop genre.”
NME ★★★★★

“A Way Forward is Nation of Language at their best and boldest.”
Gigwise (8/10)

“The synth-pop band combine mannered singing, retro-styling and high seriousness to highly impressive effect”
Financial Times ★★★★

“It offers a subtle reminder that these art-school Brooklynites might have equally fond memories of 2000s indie-dance artists like Cut Copy, Bloc Party, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as their ’80s luminaries.”

“Let’s just call it. It’s the Album of the Year.”

Recently announced to play Primavera Festival 2023, Nation Of Language team up with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard for a remix of ‘Across That Fine Line’, the original taken from their critically acclaimed album A Way Forward.

A supercharged standout from the album, which the Brooklyn band has brought to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits, Pitchfork Paris, a sold-out UK tour, and more this year, Joe Goddard transforms “a triumphant anthem” (NME) into an unpredictable, thunderous arrangement of synth and percussion.

“As someone who works mostly alone, it can be fascinating to hear other artists I admire reframing one of our songs,” says Nation of Language’s Ian Devaney. “The way they choose certain moments to accentuate takes me back to the writing process when all of these ideas were first stitched together.”

Nation of Language recently released a stark, seven-minute reimagining of ‘Across That Fine Line’ from Working Men’s Club last month, in addition to standalone single ‘From The Hill’ – their first piece of original music since 2021’s A Way Forward. While ‘Across That Fine Line’ captures the joyous panic of a platonic relationship flipping into something different, ‘From The Hill’ reflects on the times when friendships fall apart over romantic entanglement, further proving why band are “masters of taking the rigid confines of both synth pop and post-punk and expanding them outward, creating emotive, moving pieces in the process” (Consequence).

Having wrapped a month-long tour across the EU and UK this past weekend, playing dozens of shows with “cutthroat chemistry” – as Pitchfork described in the top six highlights of its Paris music festival – Nation of Language are now back in the studio finishing their third album.

From Brooklyn, Nation Of Language have made a name for themselves creating music from another lifetime. From signing to Play It Again Sam mid-campaign, selling out a UK tour months in advance, to the release of their album A Way Forward which came out last year to critical acclaim from NME (5 Stars), Financial Times (4 Stars), Gigwise, Pitchfork, MojoStereogumSPIN, and more.

After four years of releasing the odd single, the band were desperate to make a full album but due to financial constraints it wasn’t possible. It was only when Ian Devaney and Aiden Noell from the band decided to get married, they had the idea for people to give them wedding presents in the form of donations so they could finally record debut album Introduction, Presence. Everything that came after, was due to their own hard work, and the success of this album meant they were able to record A Way Forward. Guitarist Alex MacKay joined in 2022.

A Way Forward captured the trials and tribulations of modern life  — from the simplest forms of human connection to surviving a world in which political corporate machines spew a stream of digital pollution through every device. While much of the sounds on first album Introduction, Presence garnered comparisons to the synth-punk sound of the 80’s, with this new set of songs the band delved heavily into the Krautrock pioneers and electronic experimentalists of the 70’s for inspiration in the studio, stretching their boundaries in new and different ways.

The band have had outstanding support from The TimesDIY, NME, Pitchfork, BBC6 MusicCLASH, Gigwise, Consequence and more. Previous single ‘This Fractured Mind’ was on the BBC6 Music A-List for 4 weeks, with ‘A Word & A Wave’, ‘Across That Fine Line’,  ‘Wounds Of Love’, and ‘The Grey Commute’ being tasters of the album. A Way Forward has also received an incredible 5 Stars from NME, and an 8/10 from Gigwise, as well as doing a live session for KEXP.

With the first of many upcoming shows just added at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel, LA’s Fonda Theatre and Seattle’s The Crocodile in May 2023, as well as the band’s Primavera Sound debut in Barcelona and Madrid, Nation of Language will showcase their music for some of the largest audiences they have seen thus far.

‘Across That Fine Line (Joe Goddard Remix)’ by Nation Of Language
is out now via Play It Again Sam
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