One of our favourite pop-boutique labels of the last couple of years has been Neon Gold. After a thunderous opening storm of releases that included Passion Pit, Marina & the Diamonds and Yes Giantess we came to the conclusion that their operation could do absolutely no wrong. However like any long term relationship once the initial lusty ‘can’t get my hands off you’ moment had passed, reality kicked in. There have still been highs – Ellie Goulding and Sound of Arrows in particular - but occasionally some so-so moments such as Gotye and Little Red, that whilst not ever being categorised as lows, did veer onto the side of hum-drum average.
September sees Neon Gold releasing Young Blood by The Naked and Famous, possibly the best thing to come out of New Zealand since Ladyhawke. This cut comes from the same school as Passion Pit, with high pitched vocals and synth rock sounds, and brings some of that lusty feeling back again. The Naked and Famous are a five piece consisting of Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, David Beadle and Jesse Wood and have been releasing EP’s since 2008, but Young Blood will be their first single in the UK. The track streams below and there's also the video for your viewing pleasure. If the sound of nakedness doesn't raise a little sweat on your brow, maybe the sound of this mini-musical orgasm will.