Honest - The New Division.
I was so excited when I heard that The New Division were releasing a new album. It’s been two years since we’d featured their debut on Noonday Tune, and the follow up, Together We Shine, is definitely worth the wait. “Honest” is a dancey lullaby, an exercise in melancholy new wave nostalgia, all shimmering synthesizers and glittering guitars (courtesy of collaborator Starflyer 59) and features a chorus that can only be described as “achingly gorgeous”.
John Kunkel’s vocals are as plaintive as ever, but he has grown so much as a songwriter, and so many of the tracks off this album refuse to leave my player, let alone my brain. Regret, hope, ennui, love, life. These are big concepts to cram into four minute pop songs, but The New Division nail it with every track. This album is lush.
Together We Shine is out now on iTunes and Amazon.
Contributed by @orchidhunter.