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Nation of Language Share New Single “Sole Obsession” Out Now via [PIAS]

March 8, 2023
Photo by John MacKay


Return with new single ‘Sole Obsession’ via [PIAS]

Headline performance at London’s KOKO 14th June 2023 – on-sale now

Confirmed for Primavera, Best Kept Secret 

Nation of Language share new single ‘Sole Obsession’ – an exhilarating, and emotional journey that also serves as an opening glimpse into what’s to come.

‘Sole Obsession’’s lyrics illustrate the alternate side of oneself that emerges during prolonged experiences of passionate fixation. Over layers of sharp, shimmering synths, and the tracks hypnotic propulsion of bass and drums, singer Ian Devaney showcases immense range and irresistible melodies, his voice soaring with feelings of both liberating euphoria and deep contemplation. 

On the track, Nation of Language members Ian Devaney and Aidan Noell say, “In simplest terms, ‘Sole Obsession’ is one about knowing when, or if, to give in or give up. Particularly, when to untie the knots we tie ourselves into when an infatuation sets in. So many of us have experienced an addictive feeling that constricts us further and further until, hopefully, there’s a moment of clarity that allows one to free themself from that particular compulsion. The title of our next album, Strange Disciple, is a lyric from ‘Sole Obsession’ which references a character of such a nature; one who finds themself an adherent to a subject that is probably not worth the devotion.” 

Nation of Language continues to craft these far-reaching expressive landscapes with this enveloping essence, and “Sole Obsession” captures exactly that. The promise of this outfit and the trio’s authenticity, their chosen tonality, and cutting synth notes that reflect this melancholic meaning through the waves that mold the structure. The lyrics and brooding yet melodious vocal notes add a further addictive thread to this complex and enticing world. Nation of Language weaves such intimacy and this very raw vision into their exploration and that screams daring.

They add, “We chose to represent this with an anonymous robed figure that lives within all of us, waiting for us to don the cloak and take up our role, and we worked with John Mackay to bring the Disciple to life in the music video. Taking cinematic inspiration from Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) as well as Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1958), the Disciple is depicted as one of us, and we in turn are depicted as the Disciple.”

The video is directed by John MacKay and shot in 16mm around Queens and Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. 

Beginning this spring, the band will debut the track and more of their new music live at their biggest headline shows yet. After making their TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, playing multiple cities across the globe, and performing at 2022 festivals like Austin City Limits, Desert Daze ,and Pitchfork Paris – where they were named a highlight of the weekend – 2023 is about to bring Nation of Language to Brooklyn Steel, LA’s Fonda Theatre, two sold-out nights at Seattle’s Crocodile, London’s KOKO, Primavera Sound, Best Kept Secret, and more.

Find the full list of dates below, and more information at nationoflanguage.com/events.

Nation Of Language – 2023 Tour Dates

28/04 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

04/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel^

17/05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre*

18/05 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

19/05 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

02/06 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Barcelona

06/06 – Madrid, ES – Primavera In The City

09/06 – Madrid, ES – Primavera Sound Madrid

11/06 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret

14/06 – London, UK – KOKO

^w/ Gustaf

*w/ Reggie Watts

Tickets available HERE


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