Earlier this year, N-A-I-V-E-S, the alt-pop duo from London, released their single “Crystal Clear.” Along with that single came the equally vibrant music video. If you were into this band’s particular brand of psychedelic vibes after experiencing “Crystal Clear,” then you’re in for a treat. A couple weeks ago, the band released their self-titled debut album. It’s nine songs of pure psychedelic heaven.
Of course the album includes the band’s previous singles — “Crystal Clear,” “W.I.G.O,” and “Fashion Pineapple” to bring some familiarity to the record. But there’s also new songs that are similar to “Crystal Clear” and “Fashion Pineapple” (upbeat, something you can dance to) such as “Trampoline,” whereas others feel more like “W.I.G.O” (slower, contemplative, but still manages to drop some beats). Songs such as “Hold Out” and “Horizon” fall into that latter category, and do well to balance the album out from its more high energy entries.
Lyrically, the album is rich with odd phrases that bounce off the tongue. I know what you’re thinking, and no I don’t mean “roll.” Lyrics are sharp and seem to bounce from one line to the next with infectious energy.
The album comes together nicely. Each song manages to have its own vibe while still keeping with the N-A-I-V-E-S sound. There’s enough variety to keep one coming back for more, and constantly be surprised by what this band has to offer.
Notable songs: “Trampoline” — I dare you not to dance to this one.
Ditto “Fashion Pineapple.”
And “Hold Out” for a slightly more mellow pace.
Keep up with the band here.