Despite what many iconoclasts tend to declare: not every artist with enough aliases to fill an entire festival line-up, is too immature to stick to one genre of music. Au contraire, we would dare to declare: an extensive batch of alter egos is a valid game plan for those so multi-talented and avant garde that they would only confuse a music industry that thinks very much inside the box.
This time, Al Doyle, Felix Martin and Tom Hopkins – already entangled in Hot Chip and the now retired LCD Soundsystem – have chosen to release Yesterday Was Lived & Lost under the reborn New Build brand.
New Build was born in 2011 and appears to be a meeting point for a wide variety of eclectic musical ideas. Yesterday Was Lived & Lost is undisguised pop that carries its inspiration on its sleeve. Take Peter Gabriel, mix him up with a little Talking Heads, add a pinch of The Human League, top it all off with some Cabaret Voltaire and the result is fairly close to New Build’s recipe.
But make no mistake: New Build are so much more than a nostalgic spin-off on a trip down eighties British art pop memory lane: they offer an intimate and mesmerising homage to the significance of vocals, which get overthrown only too often, while skilfully hovering between synthesised funk, soulful electro and balladry. Kudos!
We have five pairs of tickets to give-away for New Build’s gig at Botanique this Friday, 23rd March. All you need to do is share our Facebook fan page and send a screenshot of it to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘New Build’ in the subject line. The first five readers to do so will get their names + 1 added to the guest list.‘Yesterday Was Lived and Lost’ is out now on Lanark Recordings New Build, 23rd March Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1210 Brussels www.botanique.be