The Naked And Famous: No Light
By Amanda Mills
This is the second EP this year from Auckland's vaunted duo cum foursome The Naked And Famous, and continues the aural fireworks found on 'This Machine'. While not exactly part two of that EP, 'No Light' has a similar sound, coming from the same production team of Aaron Short and Thom Powers. The songs are a little darker in tone, while still keeping up the group's pop sensibilities, and the edgier feel is set right from the start, with the curious lyrics of Birds wrapped up in a cheerful melody and new-wave arrangement, punctuated by percussive hand claps. The pace slows significantly in the last half of the six tracks, and the woozy comedown of Who Are You Talking To? lulls the listener into a false sense of quiet, before the gorgeous Bells ends the EP on a high note - a chiming piece of electronica that belies the driving indie-pop found in the previous songs. These languid tracks highlight excellent songwriting as well as the interesting vocals from Alisa Xayalith. 'No Light' is a great second EP from a band confirming they have talent in spades.