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Joe Goddard – Electric Lines (Greco-Roman)

Joe Goddard: Electric Lines (Greco-Roman)

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UK release date 19.04.2017

It’s been a whopping eight years since Hot Chipper Goddard’s last long-player, his lauded debut "Harvest Festival". Sophomore effort "Electric Lines" undoubtedly reflects progression; a further refining of the sonic splice between club, mainstream and the electronic scene’s bleeding pioneer edge.

"Ordinary Madness", a resplendent, immaculately controlled electro-pop production voiced by Jess Mills and instantly deserving of crossover exposure, kicks us off nicely.

Mills’ other contribution "Music Is The Answer" is, at album close, the perfect pop counterpoint – graceful yet powerful, and stunningly melancholic in its reworking of a classic Danny Tenaglia house lick.

"Electric Lines" fizzes with variety but, unlike its predecessor, truly excels thanks to better, more effective execution.

"Lose Your Love’s" lush digital soul builds convincingly into euphoric 4-4 whilst Lasers peddles body-rattling smarts in its snaking interplay between drum machine and deep, deep b-line.

Across the euphoric, synth-spiralling 4-4 of "Children", sashaying disco-sample house of "Home" and crisp computer 2-step of "Truth Is Life", Goddard demonstrates style and substance. ‘I like the sound of adventure’ sings Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor on the supremely uplifting title track – Goddard’s new record delivers this in spades, yet amplifies it with clear direction and plugged-in, often dazzling musical purpose.
Words BEN LOVETT

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