I think everybody at a certain age has a stage where they need to mourn their naivety being gone. You have to face what first appears to be a very grey landscape, a world without naivety is a very cold, plain world. A lot of this record was re-appropriating the word naivety. And in my personal life I found such comfort in the thought of a new naivety when you enter that space, when you realise that nothing you thought you knew was true, and now I know nothing, and therefore I have the potential to know a lot more.
Noah and the Whale
“Digital Love (Daft Punk)”
Live in Session BBC 1, 2013
Noah and the Whale just released their fourth album, Heart of Nowhere which they also made into a film that they will be playing in front of live this year. The songs are mostly coming of age tunes about all the drama of being a teen. The first video for their single is a bit of pretentious fare that blends apocalyptic themes lifted straight from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Matrix and any other stylized Orwellian film theme. I’ll cut them slack on the film as that is not their day job, but damn is their new record really good. These guys can really play, craft slick pop tunes and get riffs stuck in your head. This record almost takes the slickness too far and at times feels too polished, but I think that recollection of coming of age in the 80’s gives that slick production a reason. Some of these songs would have been major hits in 1987, yet they still feel modern.
Any way, give their latest album a spin, it’s worth checking out. When I was checking them out, I came across an in studio interview and performance on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 where they play two songs from their new album and close with a cover of Daft Punk’s “Digital Love.” They introduced the song sarcastically as “a band that has a record coming out this month that we feel is flying under the radar.” Noah and the Whale do a really nice job. The time shifts with the drum and guitar lick are flawless and the guitar solo at the end is fabulous. You get the hunch that these guys can do pretty much anything they want musically.
“You get the hunch that these guys can do pretty much anything they want musically.” Yes - well said!