ALBUM REVIEW: Joe Goddard – Harmonics | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.07.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founding member of perennial indie favourites Hot Chip, Joe Goddard returns with Harmonics, following up 2017’s Electric Lines with a diverse selection of summery left-field electronica.

Although technically a solo album, guest collaborators are included on almost every track. Fellow Hot Chippers Al Doyle and Alexis Taylor feature, as does Falle Nioke (with whom Goddard has collaborated previously as N’Dekho), Ibibio Sound Machine’s Eno Williams (Goddard & Doyle produced 2022’s Electricity) and a litany of others.

The songs themselves range from Hot Chip-style sad bangers, garage-influenced head nodders, and full-on euphoric festival tunes. While the variety is welcome, coupled with the range of collaborators it does perhaps deprive the album of a singular voice. Regardless, it’s perfect summer music and thoroughly enjoyable.

 

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