Nation of Language’s 2021 album A Way Forward was one of the year’s most addictive and sharp releases. Now, as Ian Devaney, Aidan Noell, and Alex MacKay begin pivoting toward the future and experimenting with new patterns and textures, they’ve released a one-off single titled “From the Hill” as they continue their North American tour that will roll over into worldwide shows in Prague, Rome, Dublin, and beyond. “From the Hill” is a continuation of the band’s singles series they’ve been running since 2019, arriving as the sixth installment that will also be released as a limited-edition, gold 7-inch. “From the Hill” is emotional, reflective, and captivating, with lively synths and blissful vocals from Devaney.
“‘From the Hill' is a song reflecting on times when friendships fall apart over romantic entanglement, accompanied by the sensation that you're somehow watching it happen from above with a more zoomed-out perspective,” Devaney says about the track. “It can feel at times like certain parts of life are a story with which you're just following along—the characters enter, they play their role, and then they leave. Often it'll feel sudden and catch you off guard, and other times you’re able to see that it's the only way things could have played out despite what you may have wanted.”
Watch the “From the Hill” music video below. You can also pre-order the limited-edition vinyl and check those upcoming tour dates on their website here.