Releases a new EP, Universal Heartbreak, on 22nd September 2023 via Memphis Industries
Shares new single / video “Push Reset”
Announces a London show at Lower Third on 21 September – tickets HERE
NZCA LINES, the project of the producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Lovett is today announcing the upcoming release of a new EP, Universal Heartbreak, on 22nd September 2023 via Memphis Industries. The reveal comes alongside a new London show at The Lower Third on 21st September as well as a brand new single and self-directed video, “Push Reset”, which was premiered this morning by Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Shot outside Lovett’s Brooklyn apartment building, where he has lived since late 2020, the video sees NZCA LINES in a cinematic time-loop, as the drama of an unseen relationship plays out through his onscreen actions. Set atop a plaintive piano loop and hypnotic 90s hip hop-inspired drums, “Push Reset” is the first showcase of Universal Heartbreak, and presents a more stripped back, emotionally direct approach following Lovett’s last release, the acclaimed hyper-maximalist 2020 album Pure Luxury.
Speaking of the EP, Michael said: “Each of these songs started life on a Wurlitzer electric piano and 808 drum machine. I wanted to strip back my songwriting and directly express my experience over the past couple of years, which have been difficult for everyone to a greater or lesser extent. My version of this lives through the music on Universal Heartbreak: emotions I’ve had to process, frustration, anger or sadness I’ve had to work through. These songs are also inextricably linked with New York City and my life there between 2020-23, so self-directing a video in front of my apartment building seemed like an apt visual.
I like the idea of releasing music as a time capsule, as an expression of my current life. Conversely, it’s very hard for me to finish music, to say “this is good enough, share it” – there’s always a voice telling me that it’s not. By releasing a series of EPs, I’m trying to shorten the length of time between creating music and releasing it, to obsess less and embrace spontaneity”.
The looping keys, the cleverly placed claps, the resonating tones and the intoxicating vocal notes. Prepare yourself to be dazzled by this soulful yet consuming complex arrangement. Emotionally charged and infectious melodies pull you in and keep you mesmerized by the transformation of this release, whilst the sophisticated structural elements of a pop trace classic assist with the immense array of addictive qualities on offer in this composition. The experimental electronic attributes delve into the disco-fed flair but ultimately NZCA Lines has dropped one hell of an atmospherical elevated ensemble.
Universal Heartbreak – EP tracklisting: