Listen: Nation of Language – “The Wall & I” [2020]

You know I love a good album closer. Who wouldn’t? It’s the last taste that’s left in your mouth after digesting a body of work. If you’ve got a stale closer, then it’s gonna taint the whole rest of the album. In the case of Nation Of Language’s debut album, Introduction, Presence, they close things off so magnificently with “The Wall & I”. It touches on clear references in New Order, Depeche Mode and LCD Soundsystem (“All My Friends” especially in some parts), but it absolutely feels like it’s own thing and a CURRENT one as well. It’s got a great beat, a simple & satisfying synth progression, the vocals are well-panned and sound big without overwhelming the track and additional instrumentation naturally folds its way into the background, increasing depth and the listener’s investment in the track. This is the kind of song that makes me want to replay the album. Good job, Nation of Language. And yes, Cancel Rent!

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