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#songoftheday / REVIEW: N-A-I-V-E-S – “Horizon”

N-A-I-V-E-S was formed in 2012 when the stars aligned perfectly and all that jazz and Marc Jacc, a super talented multi-instrumentalist and the former singer of the French band Megasushi (Paris, 2006 -2012), met Lapo Frost, a hip Italian producer and bass player (Frost, Fanny Games) who was based out of London.  Together they formed N-A-I-V-E-S, which they’ve described as a “tribal-tropical-indie-dance outfit.”  The band was completed in 2014 when Josh Gimber (Sons & Lovers, Alpines, Ellie Goulding) joined as a session drummer.  Since then, they’ve been busy working on singles to serve as a launching pad for their forthcoming debut album.  In February, they released “W.I.G.O.”, an ultra-fun blend of fuzzy bass, stomping beats and even a dash of new wave sensibility.  With a detailed, electronic soundscape the song was a hit with fans and critics alike and has already received over 150,000 Youtube views.  Now they’re back with “Horizon,” a highly infectious number that emphasizes their tribal and tropical sounds, whereas their dance rock influences dominated “W.I.G.O.”

There are two albums that I think of whenever I hear “Horizon” (and I’ve sure been playing it often), Klaxons’ masterpiece Myths of the Near Future — for its unstoppable energy and rich, percussive sounds — and Italian sister duo Paola & Chiara’s Festival, which was a perfect mix of Italo-pop and brisk tribal vibes.  If you were running through a rain forest during a sun shower, you’d surely hear some of the sounds of “Horizon,” which also reminds me of Empire of the Sun for their synthy goodness and The Presets for their pristine production.  Ultimately, “Horizon” is like ice cold lemonade on a hot summer’s day.  But, hey, don’t take my word for it — watch the video above and see what “Horizon” makes you think of.  One thing is for certain, it will only be good things.  It’s 100% danceable bliss.


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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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