NZCA Lines follows up his debut with more Italo-inspired electro ballads and playful pop. Infinite Summer showcases his unforgettable hooks and ability to be intimate and sleazy at the same time. I dare anyone not to swoon at the choruses on this CD and coloured vinyl LP. This is witty sci-fi, R&B made with help from Bat for Lashes and Hot Chip members.
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7/10 LuigiLovesPeas Customer review, 4th February 2016
I have to confess I knew nothing about this band before; apparently NZCA Lines is Michael Lovett, joined on his 2nd LP by Charlotte from Ash and Sarah Jones of that Hot Chip. Makes sense as the sound is like a finely-polished Metronomy, with influences ranging from smooth R&B stylings to Stereolab; to “create a record that marries sci-fi futurism to personal intimacies”, says the press release. Not that I ever read them...
It's certainly a record that's jam packed with shimmery, glistery synths and frothy slo mo jeep-beats that dazzle like the chrome on Nelly's ('Hot in Herre') Bentley. Whether you happen to be listening on your Sennheisers or AKG's (as I am) or blasting out these sun-drenched sounds cruising in your pimped-out ride around Beeston, you're guaranteed to be nodding your head like a good 'un before you can say “Springwatch, it'd be nowt wi'out the Packham lad.” It might even have you daring to fantasize we'll get a solid week of sunshine between Easter and Eastbourne.
There are some proper good tunes here; 2nd track, “Persephone Dreams” is a corker with what sounds like distorted electric guitar married to bubbling twinkly electronics bursting with melody, like an infinitesimally more optimistic Hood. “Two Hearts” puts me in mind of a more thoughtful Disclosure, or a less cheesy version of 80s classic “Clouds Across the Moon” by the RAH band (dealing as it does with long distance connections trickily maintained and sometimes lost via unreliable modern technology)... only not quite as good as that.
We have here a solid, competently produced, written and performed indie electro-pop album with some pretty tunes and some slightly moodier less good tunes. It could've done with being ten minutes shorter in length but, as it is, the album could just about squeeze onto one side of a TDK D-90. Except I don't own a cassette player... Or a tape recorder. I never should have traded up my Nissan Micra in '98. You can get this on coloured vinyl, you know. What colour is the vinyl? Lilac seems probable.
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