Life is always better with a soundtrack, and time spent hard at work in the office is no different. Therefore, coming your way every Tuesday will be album of the week; a release we can't contain our excitement for or a record we have been reluctant to take off repeat since its first play. We’ll be putting the time in to explore the world of new releases on a quest to bring you the best. While we’re at it, just because we’re feeling generous, we’ll be digging deep into our collections and giving classic albums the airplay they deserve.
Some bands exist to bridge the gap between two genres, helpfully lending a hand to apprehensive fans seeking new pastures, while hoping to avoid the overwhelming river of unrecognisable names, labels and artists stretched between. Hot Chip are one such band famed for their suspension bridge stability, carrying many wide eyed indie darlings toward the bright lights of the dancefloor over the course of their six studio albums. In contrast, Hot Chip keyboardist / vocalist Joe Goddard offers more of a rope bridge structure for fans of the band to cross on his latest solo effort Electric Lines.
Flirting with house and disco structures, Goddard orchestrates the ethereal mood of the album with timely stabs of the keys and soulful vocal samples, with the album’s lead track a standout amongst the bunch. Pop tinged tracks at home on the dancefloor have always been Hot Chip’s forte, but on Electric Lines Goddard elects to take an unexplored, off-piste route to delivering the synth based serenity he’s become synonymous with.
You can listen to Electric Lines below via Spotify.
A busy summer lies ahead for Joe Goddard. Catch him with synth in hand at Field Day, Wild Life, Parklife and Camp Bestival.