Hot Chip member Joe Goddard will release his second solo LP, Electric Lines, on April 21st via Greco-Roman/Domino. The singer-producer previewed the album, his first since 2009's Harvest Festival, with a spacey video for single "Music Is the Answer." The clip, directed by the Shynola collective's Richard Kenworthy, follows a lone satellite floating through space.
The video reflects the optimism of Goddard's slick synth-pop tune. "The message of this track really resonated with us coming off the back of what for most people was a dispiriting year," Kenworthy said in a statement. "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."
Goddard told NME his album title, Electric Lines, reflects a "journey through all the electronic music that [he's] loved over the years, woven together to form a funky tapestry." He also joked about the album's overall quality, saying, "I worked really hard on this record, so if its rubbish, I guess I should quit and grow vegetables in preparation for the forthcoming zombie apocalypse." He added that he believes in the message of the song title, even if that makes him sound like a "rabid hippie priest."
"Answer" is Goddard's second single from Electric Lines, following the soulful "Lose Your Love," which he released in December. Hot Chip issued their fifth studio album, Why Make Sense?, in 2015.
Joe Goddard – Electric Lines Track List
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"