The lineup: David Beadle, Thom Powers, Aaron Short, Jesse Wood, Alisa Xayalith.
The background: The Naked and Famous have cannily slipped into the space made available by MGMT since they committed commercial hara-kiri earlier this year. A five-piece from New Zealand who took their name from a Tricky lyric, they began as an electro duo in 2008 after the two members in question, Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, met at music school. They have taken the sound of MGMT at their most populist and turned it into a vocation. That's not to say they're careerist opportunists who have found a gap in the market and are filling it with a commercialised version of a successful, cool American band's most popular tracks. Rather we're just trying to generate some pre-release excitement – sort of, "Have you heard? There's a whole album of Kids and Time to Pretends on its way from an Auckland band who don't look as though they're going to follow it up with another LP hell-bent on demonstrating how many obscure Soft Boys and Sonic Boom records they have in their collection! Yay!"
The Naked and Famous' record collections would appear to include the shoegaze sounds of Curve and Slowdive, the industrial grunge-lite of Nine Inch Nails and the distorted electronica of Chemical Brothers. That sounds like a recipe for a disastrous pop concoction, doesn't it? Don't worry. Powers and Xayalith clearly learned some useful lessons at that music school of theirs about how to skilfully finesse disparate elements and adroitly balance them in the mix, because the songs we've heard by TNAF are by no means a sonic mess. Young Blood, which recently became the first debut single by a Kiwi band to reach No 1 in their home country for 16 years, is ecstatic, uplifting, thumping,pumping psych-dazed, rocked-up synth-pop that is all about affirmation. Throughout, the girl sounds cutely aggressive and the boy winsomely male, so they meet about halfway and it works, superbly. Bells is like a big beat Björk that increases in intensity as it proceeds. Punching in a Dream is another goodie: as with everything we've heard by TNAF, you can imagine it being enjoyed by young people at music festivals next summer. But they've kept one back for the clubs: All of This is faster and new wave-ier, like Kim Wilde if she was from Brooklyn in 2001 not St Albans in 1981. Impressively, these tracks – and all the other ones from their forthcoming debut album – were recorded in their Auckland bedrooms, with a bit of after-sheen added in a proper studio, first in LA, then New York, but their essential raw sparkle has been retained. Now all they've got to do is find some models for wives.
The buzz: "One of the most exciting, vibrant and interesting albums of the year" – cheeseontoast.co.nz.
The truth: Mr Eavis, here's your fifth – maybe even fourth or third – on the bill for Saturday next year.
Most likely to: Achieve fame.
Least likely to: Go nude.
What to buy: Young Blood is out now on Neon Gold. The band are about to sign to a major label.
File next to: MGMT, Passion Pit, Chairlift, Polyphonic Spree.