Album Review: Joe Goddard – ‘Harvest Festival’

Hot Chip man has a potter around

Philosophically, you would struggle to justify this record’s existence. Containing zero surprises, the [a]Hot Chip[/a] man’s solo debut is a synthetic sun shower of analogue electronics that, in light of Alexis Taylor’s ‘Rubbed Out’, merely confirms what you already know. Namely, that Hot Chip’s creative dynamic relies on Taylor bringing the folk, rock and soul songcraft, and Goddard the bleeps. Nonetheless, [b]‘Harvest Festival’[/b] is still pretty neat. Goddard’s music pivots around key characteristics: playful melody, lower case melancholy and raw, bright, bruised synth sounds. Consequently, he may toy with everything from Detroit techno to dubstep, but [b]‘Harvest Festival’[/b] hangs cohesive.

[b]Tony Naylor[/b]

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