Shares "For Your Love", taken from Pure Luxury, his new album out next Friday 10th July 2020 via Memphis Industries.
Photo by Aleksandra Kingo
NZCA LINES, the solo project of the producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Lovett, today shares a new track from his upcoming album, Pure Luxury, out next Friday 10th July 2020 via Memphis Industries. The stately "For Your Love" forms part of the album’s emotional core, channeling the sweeping grandeur of early 70s soul and disco, with lyrics lamenting the frustrations of conducting relationships through a video screen – “I heard your voice through a photograph” “If I called this number, would I get through to you?” – set over forlorn piano and a sensuous, funky bassline. Musically, it’s also one of the most collaborative tracks on the album.
Lovett recorded the piano and bass with producer Bastien Doremus at Studio Ferber in Paris, tracking the drums from Kwake Bass and strings by the 12 Ensemble in London. The string arrangements themselves were written with French/English composer Josephine Stephenson, whilst the guest vocals are from LA-based artist VIAA.
About the single, Lovett said:
“‘For Your Love’ is about constructing a relationship across video screens, longing for intimacy with one another yet always one step removed, caught in the thrill of doing something completely irrational."
"For Your Love" follows the release of the album’s title track, “Pure Luxury”, which was A-Listed at BBC 6 Music as well as the singles, “Real Good Time” and “Prisoner Of Love”, which is currently on the BBC 6 Music B-List.
NZCA LINES will be hosting an exclusive, interactive virtual album release party on July 15th 2020 with a live performance and other surprises TBA. Tickets are limited and cost £6, available here. NZCA LINES also plays his biggest London headline show to date at Heaven on 28th October 2020 and tickets are available here.
Produced almost entirely by Lovett and written between London, New York and Los Angeles, where he found himself present for some key UK and US political and social moments, Pure Luxury, revels in both the insular – the sound of one man processing anxiety-inducing world events - and the communal.
Moving away from the themes of a fictional utopia and a fake apocalypse, in a world fast becoming what seemed like a real dystopia, the follow-up to 2016’s Infinite Summer is part disco pop, part hip hop grooves, all bassline - a record of diverse styles, voices and textures, expanding the musical universe of Lovett’s previous albums whilst cementing his own playful voice with an inescapable sense of joy and excitement.
With tracks written as a response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe ("Pure Luxury"), tackling the climate crisis (“Larsen”, a break-up track namely, the breaking up of the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017) and the closing moments of a relationship (the bereft “Take This Apart”), Pure Luxury features some of Lovett’s rawest and most direct material to date.
Tomorrow might be scaring the hell out of us, but, as Lovett reminds us on the album’s closing track, “tonight is all that really matters, as long as we keep dancing”.
Taking its name from the Peruvian geoglyphs, NZCA LINES is the solo musical venture for Lovett who has previously played guitar/synthesiser on Christine and the Queens’ recorded material and has performed as part of Metronomy.
His previous two LPs earned critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and found Lovett opening for the likes of Conan Mockasin and Django Django as well as performing at Glastonbury Festival.
NZCA LINES - PURE LUXURY