Nation Of Language

Nation Of Language Share Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) Remix Of “Across That Fine Line”

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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. They also announce their biggest London headline show at KOKO for next year.

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). 

Backed with an exclusive, vinyl-only track called ‘Ground Control’, a limited-edition 7″ of ‘From The Hill’ is out December 9th. Order it here, where fans can also find newly pressed copies of Nation of Language’s debut Introduction, Presence LP, named one of the Best Reissues of 2022 by Rough Trade. 

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 PIAS 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, Mojo, Stereogum, SPIN, 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. 


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