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Nation of Language

Nation of Language brings the dark synthpop of the '80s to Elsewhere, 02.06

Nation of Language’s vision of the New Wave aesthetic feels seamlessly natural, a continuation of 1980's synthpop instead of just an experiment in nostalgia. The band has an advantage of hindsight that their musical inspirations did not, a position that allows Nation of Language to freely experiment in the nuanced area between New Wave and post-punk. Yet, the real delight that sets apart this group are Ian Devaney’s vocals. Devaney’s wistful crooning comes with a romantic dark side that cannot be ignored. Check out Nation of Language at Elsewhere (Zone One), 02.06. --Amanda Ogea

Synthpop quartet Nation of Language headlines Bowery Electric 06.14

NYC quartet Nation of Language offers a modern take on the moody '80s synthpop revival. The group's bouncy electronic arrangements, detached dark vocals, and dancey electronic beats are a clear nod to the days when new wave was dominating the airwaves. Single, “I've Thought About Chicago” (streaming below and released in February) is well crafted in its stoic simplicity, and will engage fans of New Order and Depeche Mode. Catch Nation of Language as they headline Bowery Electric on 06.14. - Tafari Lemma


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