Brooklyn band Nation of Language released a new song and lyric video today called “Wounds of Love.” It’s a mesmerizing midtempo track with dynamic synth noises and painful lyrics about letting go of someone: “I can’t stop this old feeling in my heart. I could never say it enough. You don’t belong in my heart.”
“Wounds of Love” is the second single from Nation of Language’s upcoming sophomore album, A Way Forward, which is coming out on November 5. In June, they released the album’s first single, “Across that Fine Line.”
Nation of Language was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2020. They enjoyed much attention and outstanding reviews for their debut album, Introduction, Presence. It was number seven on my list of the 25 best synthpop albums of 2020. I said in my review, “they’ve bridged the gap between indie and underground with a unique sound that’s equal parts Depeche Mode and The National.”
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented Nation of Language from touring behind their debut album. So they’re hitting the road to support A Way Forward. They’re touring the United States in September and October, with a final date in my city of Washington DC, then they’re headed to Europe in January 2022.