Hellogoodbye’s new album is the alt-pop band’s first new music in five years, and they’re making it count.
S’Only Natural, out Oct. 5, is an all-out disco rager; we’re talking glitzy string sections and filthy runs up and down the bass fretboard. Bandleader Forrest Kline has named Chic and the Pointer Sisters as particular inspirations. These up-tempo inclinations are all over the tracks they’ve shared so far; on the brand new “Close” — premiering exclusively today on Billboard — we’re gifted a sultry slow jam.
“There is this placeless place,” Kline explains. “Two human bodies in tune, every advance anticipated, every retreat beckoning. I wanted for so long to bottle it up so I could go back there whenever I wanted.”
He does his best to capture all the sensuality on “Close,” as does director Andrew Lee on the track’s music video, premiering below.
S’Only Natural follows Everything Is Debatable, Hellogoodbye’s most recent studio album, which dropped in 2013. The synth-rock smash “Here (In Your Arms)” — a top 20 hit on the Hot 100 — was their big breakthrough back in 2006.
You can pre-order the new album here. Check out Hellogoodbye’s upcoming tour dates below.
Oct. 16 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia’s
Oct. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Oct. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Oct. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Oct. 27 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct. 28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 30 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s on Newport
Oct. 31 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Lounge at HOB