Over the past year, the duo of Night Drive have received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere – especially here on JOVM – for a sound that owes a great debt to their influences, Joy Division, Cut Copy, Brian Eno, The Knife, LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode and others. In other words, it’s a slickly produced, densely layered electro pop sound that touches upon dark and anxious themes. And that shouldn’t be terribly surprising considering how the duo had started collaborating – the woman that they had both been unwittingly dating had suddenly and tragically died in a terrible car crash. Along with their sound, the duo have also received quite a bit of attention for their incredibly cinematic and dystopian video treatments.
Interestingly, the duo’s latest single “Easy to Lie” off their full-length debut, slated for a release sometime this year, may be the first song they’ve released that seems to draw directly and overtly from the duo’s own personal experience as the song’s narrator open questions how easy it is to lie, even after you’ve gotten to know someone – and to what effect? In fact, pay attention to the vocals as they express vulnerability, confusion and hurt simultaneously – and extremely subtly.
Interestingly sonically and lyrically, the song feels as though it could have been a B side to the major singles off Depeche Mode’s Violator but as though they were covering a Joy Division/New Order track – with a bit of sensuality at its core.