Review of Hearts Like Ours by The Naked and Famous
There’s a type of music that’s big this year. Its genre is hard to pin down, but it’s been flowing steadily through the charts with the likes of Bastille and Imagine Dragons for some time now. The Naked and Famous are one of the bands at the top of this wave, and they look set to ride it all the way to chart success.
Emerging from New Zealand in 2008, this synthpop indie five piece have their eyes set on global domination with their latest single Hearts Like Ours. It’s the first preview of their eagerly anticipated album In Rolling Waves, which is due for release 16 September Hearts Like Ours is an inspiring track, vocals and music wound so perfectly and expertly together that you can imagine it being played over the pivotal scene in one of those life changing movies, where the main character finally realises something meaningful.
The intro is steady, like a heart beating, before climbing in to that explosive chorus. Both sets of vocals work wonderfully in this track, bringing something different individually but mixing together seamlessly. The music itself flows like a river, carrying you from one end of the track to the other in what feels like an intense musical journey.
Hearts Like Ours ends just as steadily as it began, slipping quietly out of the speakers as though it were never there. The same can not be said for your head, however. It’s been two weeks since I first heard this track and I still wake up humming it every morning.
The album In Rolling Waves is out 16 September, 2013
Review by Hev Bailey