Friday, July 18, 2014

Favored Nations Debuts Video for "Amazon" on BlackBook!

 EP Amazon Out Now

With a sound that’s ideal for hazy afternoons spent spinning in the sun or warm nights with the wind in your hair, Favored Nations deserves a prominent spot in your summer playlist.” – BlackBook

“It’s a joy; it’s a breeze. Blast it”  - Stereogum

The record features sounds as diverse as the bouncy basslines and disco vibes of the title-track to the gentle acoustic guitar strumming and mellifluous vocals found on "That's Not Who We Are." – Spin

“Musically it's as smooth as the flesh on a lady's inner thigh—100% Steely Dan vibes on a kicky nu-disco tip. We love.“ – Noisey

“Amazon explores a diverse range of style and beats within three tracks while managing not to disrupt the flow of the album as a whole.” - In Your Speakers

“…return with their brilliant new single “Amazon”, a joyful ride from start to finish. The track’s disco-tinged guitar riffs, soothing vocals and sun-soaked vibes make it perfect for your next road trip.” – Last Gas Station

Having premiered their lead single on Stereogum and the full stream of their second EP on Spin, Favored Nations are now releasing the highly anticipated music video for “Amazon,” the song of this summer. This week, BlackBookpremieres this feast for the eyes and the ears.

The product of a night out in the city of angels, trans-Atlantic trio Favored Nations has accomplished quite a bit since they cut their first demos in early 2012. The release of their first EP, Blame Game, was met with critical acclaim. Then, Rockstar Games used their song “The Setup” for the finale in their hugely popular video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Their accomplishments thus far aren’t too surprising since the trio is made up of some very familiar and beloved men on the dance music scene. James Curd is one of the most sought after remixers in the genre and he founded the group with singer Morgan Phalen, whose voice will sound familiar to anyone who listened to Justice’s psychy second LPAudio Video Disco. Curd then added Surahn Sidhu, touring bass and guitar player for Empire of the Sun, to the mix.

On July 1st Favored Nations released their second EP Amazon via Jupiter Clique. The track list for the EP is below.
  1. “Amazon”
  2. “That’s Not Who We Are”
  3. “The Setup (Finale Version)”

“Amazon” is an energetic track, built on frantic rhythms and soaked in catchy guitar riffs. The song blazes its way through the fun-filled three minutes fifty leaving you with no other choice than to play it again. If “Amazon” is L.A, then “That’s Not Who We Are” is definitely the Bahamas - sun soaked rhythm guitar accompanied by sample heavy drums and an infectious summer vibe. The EP is then finished out with “The Setup,” a track familiar to those who were able to play their way through Los Santos. All in all the whole EP is cause for a cold drink and a good time.

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