The Lines are something of a cult group, hanging out in that special space where no-one bought their records, but those that did held them close to their hearts. That means that the release of Hull Down will be a huge deal to a few people, being a ‘lost’ third album that has not previously been heard! Hopefully, this premium post-punk might even reach a wider audience… On Acute.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 May 2016
The lines were that most extraordinary of things - a below the radar post punk group that made stunning futuristic music that nobody actually ever heard. Though they primarily existed between 1978 and 1983 these sessions for a never completed third album appear (according to the press release) to have been made initially in 1983 but tweaked at other points during the intervening years. It's true though that the opening ‘Flat Feet’ sounds like it was made either yesterday or in the future.
It’s a stunning pulverising piece of electronic music that reminds me of Can, Radiohead and Factory Floor all at the same time. It is built around blooping electronics and percussion which settles into a kind of Thom Yorke ish chorus with high vocals, and mournful piano. The group have an eerie unique sound and they don’t really sound like anyone else. Perhaps the minimal twang of ‘Nicky Boys Groove’ recalls a more electronic Liquid Liquid or Moonshake. Certainly ‘Zoko AM3’ has something of the early Public Image Limited. The group are a unusual proposition, they sometimes recall an early Warp electronic band having a good old jam.
A word of warning, this record was never finished so despite the multitude of ideas there is an incomplete feel too some tracks, however there is enough New Order style blending of discotheque and post punk on the most realised track the excellent ‘Raffle’ to suggest that this lot should really have been signed to Factory.
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