Announces new album, Pure Luxury, for release on 10th July 2020 via Memphis Industries
Shares a new track and lyric video, “Real Good Time” – watch / share HERE
NZCA LINES, the project of producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Lovett, today announces the release of his third album, Pure Luxury, on 10th July 2020 via Memphis Industries.
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.
In conjunction with today’s announcement, NZCA LINES shares a new track, “Real Good Time”, a lurid P-Funk groove refracted through the universe of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and hallucinations of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. On the single,Lovett channels concerns about agricultural chemicals and overpopulation with a demented chorus of pitchshifted vocals – “It’s too late to save the bride / I guess she’ll just get buried alive / in waterfalls of pesticide / or gently suffocated by the groom / I just remembered how we die / I saw it on TV one time / But I guess we’ll just keep multiplying”.
About the track, Lovett said:““Real Good Time” stars an unhinged narrator arriving uninvited to a scary dance party. As the sweat soaks through his polyester suit jacket he perceives a blizzard of nightmarish, hallucinogenic images depicting his unease with the world. Yet he soon realises that, despite the darkness around us, we deserve to have a good time – to make the best with what we’re given.”
“Real Good Time” follows the release of the album’s title track and video, “Pure Luxury”, which is currently A-Listed at BBC 6 Music. The song was inspired by Lovett’s experience of a Manhattan heatwave in February and is a response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe.
With tracks tackling the climate crisis (“Larsen”, a break-up track namely, the breaking up of the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017), the frustrations of conducting relationships through a video screen (the stately “For Your Love”) 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”.
NZCA LINES plays his biggest London headline show to date at Heaven on 28th October 2020. Tickets are available HERE.
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.
July 10th 2020
Pre-order/ pre-save HERE
1. Pure Luxury
2. Real Good Time
3. Prisoner of Love
4. For Your Love
5. Take This Apart
6. Opening Night
8. Primp & Shine
9. Tonight Is All That Really Matters