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Nation of Language Share New Single “Stumbling Still”- New Album “Strange Disciple” Out 15th September 23 via [PIAS]

May 17, 2023
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Nation of Language Share New Single “Stumbling Still”

New Album Strange Disciple Out 15th September 23 via [PIAS]

Nation Of Language share new single ‘Stumbling Still’, an explosive new preview of the frenetic energy and intense array of feelings that make up their forthcoming album Strange Disciple, out 15th September via [PIAS] – pre-order here

Recently named one of the most anticipated albums of summer by Pitchfork, the ten-song collection is connected through themes of hopeless devotion, infatuation and overwhelming obsession, presented as the ideal soundtrack for long walks through city streets. Whereas lead singer and songwriter Ian Devaney imagines the band’s 2020 debut, Introduction, Presence, as taking place in a car – and second album A Way Forward occurring on and as a locomotive – Strange Disciple is, at last, ambulatory and wayfaring, informed by the excitement of exploring new places the Brooklyn trio never thought they would see or play during their remarkable pandemic-era breakout.

Clamoring with a propulsive kraut-punk groove and bouncing bassline, ‘Stumbling Still’ encapsulates that form of forward motion, with lyrics that deliver an equally restless but far less healthy series of incessant thoughts and internal strife. 

“Stumbling Still” delves into this epic arrangement, lifted with this fast-paced and flirtatious rhythm, equal parts cutting as it is addictive. The landscape resonates with this sense of vastness, brooding elements emerge and proudly bring this expressive emphasis to the shifting creation. The vocal melodies delve through such immense ranges and allow emotion to join the release. The synth notes alter and bring this very sharp movement to the overall oscillation.

The trio have again created this heavy formation that moves the listener, providing this stirring pulse to their world and the world of their audience. Ready to embrace the emotive resilience and grandeur of this prolific track.

Like the rest of Strange Disciple, ‘Stumbling Still’ was produced by Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem), and recorded in his East Williamsburg studio, as it sees Nation of Language considering the creative choices that would be most compelling to perform on-stage, for the first time. Incorporating more live drums, guitar and shoegaze influences into their arrangements than ever before, the band expand their new wave, post-punk and synth-powered sound with newfound fervor. 

The new single arrives on the heels of the soaring ‘Sole Obsession’, which “cloaks its emotional vulnerability in an avalanche of synthesizer and a rapid tempo” (Billboard), as well as album opener ‘Weak In Your Light’, hailed as both an “excellent exploration of passion and agony” and a “subdued re-introduction to the best synth-pop band in the world” (Paste). Through Devaney’s towering vocal performance, he fluctuates between fixation and shame, bringing the listener down a turbulent path of self-exploration and showing that one should not shy away from the brief pain necessary to make a much-needed change. 

Ahead of Pitchfork Festival, Primavera Sound, Outside Lands and nearly 60 more US, UK and EU performances that Nation of Language have already announced for 2023, the band are just beginning to debut music from Strange Disciple live. Earlier this month, during an unforgettable night documented by Rolling Stone, they headlined their largest hometown show to date at Brooklyn Steel. As Consequence praised, “Nation of Language put star power on display…each entrancing track was perfectly executed, and now they’ve got us hungry for more.” Tonight the band headlines LA’s Fonda Theatre, before two sold-out stops in Seattle this week, each with support from Reggie Watts.

Find the full list of upcoming tour dates below, and tickets at nationoflanguage.com/events

Tour Dates:

17/5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre*

18/5 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

19/5 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

2/6 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Barcelona

6/6 – Madrid, ES – Primavera In The City

9/6 – Madrid, ES – Primavera Sound Madrid

10/6 – Porto, PT – Primavera Sound Porto

11/6 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret

14/6 – London, UK – KOKO

16/6 – Glasgow, UK – QMU

18/6 – Lido di Camaiore, IT – La Prima Estate 

21/7 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

3/8 – Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop

4/8 – Diepholz, DE – Appletree Garden

5/8 – Katowice, PL – OFF Festival

11/8 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

12/8 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall^

13/8 – Seattle, WA – Day In Day Out

14/8 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre^

7/9 – Baltimore, MD – WTMD’s First Thursday Festival

15/9 – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus

16/9 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefährlich

17/9 – Malmo, SE – Plan B

18/9 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset

20/9 – Kӧln, DE – Gebäude9

21/9 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

22/9 – Brussels, BE – Orangerie

23/9 – Paris, FR – Trabendo

25/9 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix

28/9 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

29/9 – Bristol, UK – Marble Factory

30/9 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

4/10 – Manchester, UK – New Century

5/10 – Leeds, UK – Stylus

6/10 – Sheffield, UK – Foundry

7/10 – Newcastle, UK – Boiler Shop

13/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre#

14/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop#

16/10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon#

18/10 – Milwaukee, WI – Back Room @ Colectivo#

19/10 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall#

20/10 – Kansas City, MO – RecordBar#

22/10 – Denver, CO – Gothic#

23/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge#

26/10 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent#

29/10 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern#

13/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom#

2/11 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn#

3/11 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips FTX#

4/111 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall – Upstairs#

17/11 – Nashville, TN – Basement East#

8/11 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle#

9/11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle#

10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#

11/11 – Washington, DC – The Atlantis#

30/11 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair#

1/12 – Montreal, QC – Studio TD#

12/12 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix#

^w/ Curling

*w/ Reggie Watts

# w/ Miss Grit

Strange Disciple out 15th September via [PIAS]

Pre-order HERE

 1. Weak In Your Light

2. Sole Obsession

3. Surely I Can’t Wait

4. Swimming in the Shallow Sea

5. Too Much, Enough

6. Spare Me the Decision

7. Sightseer

8. Stumbling Still

9. A New Goodbye

10. I Will Never Learn


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