Nation of Language return with a new single, ‘A Different Kind Of Life’, produced by Nick Millhiser of Holy Ghost!. The track is the Brooklyn synth-pop trio’s first new music since the release of their acclaimed debut album, Introduction, Presence, in the spring of this year, along with a cover of the Pixies’ Gouge Away, this summer.
Discussing the inspiration behind A Different Kind Of Life songwriter Ian Devaney stated, “This song first started to come together in the early days of the Trump administration, but was never quite finished and got a bit lost as time went by. When the demo resurfaced during the pandemic, the song struck a chord not just in its intended political context but in the context of so many people losing family members, jobs, or any semblance of normality – whatever might be left of it after the past few years. I had seriously hoped that by the time the song came out it would be slightly less relevant than when I first wrote it, but defeating Trump was always going to be just one step in the fight to make the country a more just and decent place. So, no matter what, the core message still resonates with me deeply.”
Released in May, Introduction, Presence has garnered tremendous praise across the globe, including Rough Trade’s ‘Top 100 Albums of 2020’. Pitchfork called the album, “a remarkably assured debut,” while Stereogum named Introduction, Presence their ‘Album of the Week’ stating, “[Nation of Language] discovers its voice, and uses that voice to draw lines from past to present and future, making each small or momentous struggle feel equally evocative.”
Paste gave the album 8.8 out of 10 calling it, “a synth-pop milestone,” and featured the band in their ‘Best Of What’s Next’ column. The Associated Press reviewed the record saying, “Nation of Language creates spare song architectures… a sort of melancholic global urban lament, seeking solace amid modern alienation,” and the NME gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying, “a cloud of emotional uncertainty lurks over their blissed-out debut album.”
The band received strong support from tastemaker radio stations across Apple Music 1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, across the U.S., including KEXP (SEA), KCRW (LA), WFUV (NYC), WXPN (PHI), KCMP (MIN), KVOQ (DEN), WBDB (RICH), amongst others, plus worldwide Radio3 (Spain), Ibero909 (Mexico) and Radio Eins (Germany).
Meanwhile artists such as Danger Mouse and Gorillaz have included tracks from the Introduction, Presence in their own Spotify playlists and St. Vincent in her Apple Music mixtape series.