Joe Goddard announces new solo album Electric Lines
23rd January 2017
Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.
Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers.
Today Goddard also drops the video for new single ‘Music Is The Answer’, the second track to be heard from the forthcoming album.
Following hot on the heels of ‘Lose Your Love’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ is an infectious left-of-centre pop track featuring London singer-songwriter Jess Mills, also known as Slo (previous collaborations include Photek, Distance and Breakage).
Directed by Shynola creative collective (Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’, Beck ‘E-Pro’, Blur ‘Good Song’, Queens of The Stone Age ‘Go With The Flow’), the video epitomises the track’s optimistic message and much needed modern day mantra. Director Richard Kenworthy says: “The message of this track really resonated with us coming off the back of what for most people was a dispiriting year. We'd recently been reading about the AWOL Hitomi satellite, and also the incredible Pinchas Gutter hologram and that lead to imagine a story about a satellite lost in the vastness of space, broadcasting a recorded message of hope.”
Elsewhere on the album, Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor features on the title track ‘Electric Lines’, while Michigan based singer Daniel Wilson makes an appearance on disco-sampling deep house track ‘Home’. Jess Mills graces the album’s two most irresistible pop songs, ‘Ordinary Madness’ and ‘Music Is the Answer’. Joe himself sings on a few tracks including the deeply personal ‘So Long’, a tender reflection on parenthood and mortality. Electric Lines treasure chest of styles also includes lustrous electronic soul (‘Lose Your Love’), rippling UK garage (‘Truth Is Light’) and shamanic psychedelic techno (‘Children’). The result is an album set to draw the map of 2017’s musical landscape and cement Joe Goddard as one of the UK’s most credible and well respected producers.
Electric Lines will be available on Deluxe Edition Vinyl, featuring a signed double LP on heavyweight vinyl with a wide spined sleeve, exclusive bonus 12” featuring 3 tracks from the Electric Lines’ album sessions, download card with album + 12” tracks. A UK specific edition will also include entry to the Electric Lines album launch show at London’s Heaven on Thursday 4th May 2017. The CD will feature an initial card pack pressing with a 6 page artwork booklet. You can purchase the album digitally and via Amazon. Vinyl and CD both feature completely unique, separate artwork.
1 Ordinary Madness
2 Lose Your Love
5 Human Heart
7 Truth Is Light
8 Nothing Moves
9 Electric Lines
10 Music Is The Answer