Originally conceived as a guitar based project, NZCALINES has been transformed into a suave, synth-pop sensation that combines pop melodies with R [and] B beats and lush arrangements with multi layered harmonies.
Produced by fellow LOAF/LO label-mate Charlie Alex March and mixed by Ash Workman (Simian Mobile Disco Club, Metronomy etc), together with main man Michael Lovett they’ve created one of the years most thrilling debut albums.
From the opening bars it’s clear that there’s a unique and beautiful talent at work. Something about the clarity of the arrangements, the crisp harmonies and insidious melodies that sets it apart from other releases.
Shimmering slices of dream pop the like of which have not been heard since Scritti Politti’s ‘Cupid [and] Psyche’ , follow one after another to create a future world rooted in timeless magic.
It’s partly that timeless quality that makes the music feel so good (a lineage that stretches back to the Beach Boys, check the barbershop harmonies that make up ‘AM Travel Interlude’) and partly the exhilaration you feel as you zoom into the future taking in The Neptunes, Junior Boys, Timbaland and Bogdan Raczynski along the way. In the same way that the great Nazca Lines of Peru from which NZCA LINES take their name, can only be perceived from high above, so the music of NZCA LINES can only be taken in gradually, such is its scope and depth.
Think of it as a musical teleportation system beaming sounds and vibrations from different eras into the present whilst at the same time projecting them into the future.
There’s already been significant press attention with features in Dazed, The Guardian and NME and there’s now a fully focused live show which encompasses a drummer and bassist, leaving Michael free to emote in style.
NZCA LINES tomorrow is yours.