Approved: New Build
By Marc Samuels | Published on Monday 27 February 2012
New Build are a London-based collaborative project centred on Al Doyle, Felix Martin and Tom Hopkins, whose forthcoming debut album ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’ betrays distinct echoes of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, something which is hardly surprising considering the trio’s connections to said groups.
Though the material is as you’d expect sonically, it’s still richly rewarding, with tracks ranging from sharp DFA-friendly new wave anthems (with subtle nods to Eno-era Talking Heads on the likes of ‘Medication’ and ‘Misery Loves Company’) to dreamy New Order style synth-pop. The trio also deal in sleek dance-pop whose latent euphoria amid the house and techno stylings belies a lyrical bleakness that is a common theme throughout their songs.
Released on Lanark Recordings on 5 Mar, you can sample four tracks from ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’ on SoundCloud now.