TNAF have carved a fiercely autonomous path to this creative peak and delivered an album that showcases their finely polished, self-produced sound.
Simple Forms was conceived in the Echo Park, Los Angeles, home studio of guitarist/vocalist/producer Thom Powers at a point where the band had come close to tearing apart under the strain of the breakdown of the eight year romance between Powers and co-vocalist Alisa Xayalith.
Their ability to pull euphoric electronic pop from the shadows is undiminished and 'Higher' is another example of the group's soaring dynamics at play.
"My production idea in The Naked and Famous has always been to set the insularity of our songwriting in a space where intimacy and explosive excitement can bring tension and release," says Powers. "To me, that is what contemporary pop should be. Our ambition is that this music be noticed and we're proud of what we've achieved in the studio."
"There's pain and passion behind this art," says Alisa, picking up this theme. "Pop techniques are all about maximum impact. And it's not like this is an album of bangers but it's the most immediate thing we've ever done."
The album is the long awaited follow up to their 2011 smash debut Passive Me, Aggressive You, which featured breakthrough tracks 'Young Blood' and 'Punching In A Dream', and 2013's epic, emotionally charged album In Rolling Waves.
Tracklist A1 Higher A2 The Water Beneath You A3 My Energy A4 Last Forever A5 Losing Our Control B1 Backslide B2 Laid Low B3 The Runners B4 Falling B5 Rotten