Seattle trio Naked Giants today share their second studio album The Shadow, released via New West Records. A culmination of experiences lived over a hectic three years of touring worldwide and meticulously honing their skills as songwriters, the album is an impactful release for Naked Giants as they continue to make their mark internationally as a dynamic group.
Already, 2020 has seen Naked Giants release a slew of songs from the new album. Leading with ‘Take A Chance’ in June, ‘Turns Blue’ and ‘High School (Don’t Like Them)’ in July and more recently, the cracking ‘(God Damn!) What I Am’.
To listen to The Shadow, you’re invited to get to know Naked Giants a little better. The record was made as the band’s live reputation grew around the world off the back of the release of their 2018 debut album SLUFF, and tours with Car Seat Headrest (both as his live band and as main support band).
The music that features on this album demonstrates maturity in songwriting, the further development of an already strong musical partnership, and a dive into a rich soundscape. Dictated by a wide range of influences from rock to post-punk and grooves in spades, The Shadow is a journey of Naked Giants’ artistry – made to be immersed in.
The 11 track album was recorded in Portland, Oregon with Chris Funk of The Decemberists on production, Adam Lee (Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks) on mixing and John Baldwin (Benjamin Booker, The White Stripes) on mastering duties.
The music is frantic, fun and leaves rooms to explore experimentation amongst the tightly composed arrangements that come together seamlessly. ‘(God Damn!) What I Am’ is a perfect example of Naked Giants’ all-in approach to playing with harmony, punk-tinged rhythms and gritty swagger. Chest thumping percussion and rousing vocals make the song perfect for sweaty live venues, primed for audience participation.
The Shadow plays with tone and mood well too, going from the punchy highs of ‘Television’ and ‘(God Damn)…’ to the more melodic and paced out sounds of ‘The Ripper’ and ‘Turns Blue’. The album gives the listener time to breathe without losing momentum.