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Nation of Language

Shared here is the new single ‘A Word & A Wave’, reflecting on the simplest of human connections. "A Way Forward" soon to follow on November 5th!

Nation of Language focus on how the simplest of human gestures can take on such significance with their new single ‘A Word & A Wave’ which is out today (9th September 2021). This new track is taken from the Brooklyn trio’s upcoming sophomore album, A Way Forward which will be released 5th November 2021.

Discussing ‘A Word & A Wave’ songwriter and vocalist Ian Devaney says,

“I was thinking a lot about simple social gestures and how randomly important they can be in key moments. How empowering it can feel when someone remembers your name; how slighted you can feel when someone you only kind-of know passes by without acknowledgment."

He continues,

“The song is a kind of vignette on someone who desperately wants to be the one that makes everyone feel good and has in turn neglected themself. Trying as hard as they can to be there for people who are barely in their lives, hoping that this will bring meaning and fulfilment, when it really just ends up leaving them emotionally spent and scattered.”

“When writing the song, I kept finding myself imagining this person living in Portland, Maine,”

noted Devaney.

“It's never mentioned in the lyrics, but I found myself wishing I could have conveyed the rest of the scene I pictured - a warmly lit room on a calm overcast evening in a small coastal city. When it came time to make the video I saw our chance and decided we would journey up there and follow that vision as much as we could.”

Following singles ‘Wounds Of Love’, ‘Across That Fine Line’, and ‘This Fractured Mind’, ‘A Wound & A Wave’ is another standout from new album A Way Forward. An album that was only made possible due to the marriage of members Ian and Aiden, and registering for the funds to make a record.


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