Nation of Language – Photo credit John MacKay
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RobMoro TV | Nation of Language – ‘Sole Obsession’

They will headline at London’s KOKO in June.

Nation of Language are back with new single ‘Sole Obsession’ – an exciting glance of what we can expect from the trio.

‘Sole Obsession’ is a gleaming synth-laden track, dealing with the theme of adoration and the absence of that person when you’re not together.

“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 members Ian Devaney and Aidan Noell.

The video, directed by John MacKay, was filmed in 16mm and on location around Queens and Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.

“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.”

Ian Devaney and Aidan Noell.

After a stellar 2022, the band will hit the road over the coming months. Featuring shows at Brooklyn Steel, LA’s Fonda Theatre, two sold-out nights at Seattle’s Crocodile, London’s KOKO, Primavera Sound, Best Kept Secret, and many more to come. You can check out a full list of shows on the band’s site.

‘Sole Obsession’ is out now via [PIAS]