After weeks of hinting to fans on socials of new music, The Naked and Famous today have released to much fanfare their new video and single ‘Sunseeker’, out NOW through Island Records Australia/UMA.
Premiering on triple j, ‘Sunseeker’ strays from the guitar-driven dynamic of the band’s previous output and embodies a more electronically sculpted sound, brilliantly contrasted with frequent bursts of sweetly childlike sing-along vocals.
Alisa Xayalith says “’Sunseeker’ was written in a time when I was covered in joy and positivity. It was inspired by my dog, Ginger. She came into my life unexpectedly, as did the boy who I fell in love with that found her. I didn’t grow up with a family pet, and now I can’t imagine life without her.
She was present for all the TNAF sessions over the last year. I started calling her my ‘Sunseeker’—she’d disappear into the garden, and I’d find her in various places basking in patches of sunlight beaming through the trees. The song is about something, or someone, appearing in your life that you didn’t know you needed.”
The reinvigorated duo has been working on new music out of Xayalith’s Los Angeles, joining forces with collaborators like Luna Shadows (a producer/multi-instrumentalist who previously played keys for The Naked and Famous), and Simon Oscroft (a childhood friend of Thom Powers, who produced for artists like The Aces).
Originally from Auckland, The Naked and Famous made their full-length debut with Passive Me • Aggressive You—a 2010 release featuring their platinum-selling breakthrough hit “Young Blood.” The album which followed EPs This Machine and No Light in 2008, climbed the Billboard 200 chart and earned countless accolades (including seven prizes at the New Zealand Music Awards).
As a five-piece band, The Naked and Famous toured across the globe playing sold-out shows and festivals. They finally landed in L.A., living together in Laurel Canyon. The Naked and Famous’ sophomore album In Rolling Waves released in 2013, cracked the top 50 on the Billboard 200, boosted by hit singles like “Hearts Like Ours.” Their third LP, Simple Forms, released in 2016, is often recognized as their most complex and compelling work to date.
Post-Simple Forms, the two founding members have gently let go of their expectations and writing as a five-piece. Says Powers, “We chose to focus solely on the songs as pieces of art. We centered on each song’s meanings, and how fresh they felt to us—how they made us feel.”
Now at work on more new music, The Naked and Famous are fully honouring the singular chemistry that endlessly fuels their creative partnership.
The Naked and Famous is Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith