“When I ﬁnish something, I want it out that day. Pop music is like the daily paper. It’s got to be there then, not 6 months later.” - Brian Eno
Non-conformist, multi-instrumentalist pop-hermit Lee Christian gives a ﬁrst glimpse of his next album with new song '2020': a slick mix of soulful vocals, retro-futuristic electro trip-hop and distorted lead guitars. Lyrically it ponders personal and planetary directions as we head into a new decade and suggests some re-evaluations as we reach a science-ﬁction milestone. Laden with p-funk grooves, bright hooks and lush harmonies, it’s all stunningly purposeful & cohesive for a total accident:
“I was going through some old ﬁles in the small hours of New Year's Eve and found a short bass soundcheck from a Prohibition Smokers’ Club (Lee’s mercurial collective of funky maestros) rehearsal that had a cool sound and feel. I had some lyrics that I’d been trying to ﬁx to a few songs unsuccessfully that suited it perfectly and got them down with unusual ease. The lyrics happened to have a 2020 theme and feel of immediacy - so I couldn’t shelve this one! Suddenly, the race was on to get it out whilst it's close to New Year, but still be happy with it. Escalating from a bit of fun, it becomes my ﬁrst release of the decade so the stakes were raised. It’s pretty thrilling to have such an immediate distribution method from the perspective of creating and releasing relevant contemporary music.” - Lee Christian, 2020
Beck, David Bowie, Janelle Monae, Depeche Mode, Dan The Automator, Bootsy Collins, Vangelis and the now customary Prince vibes all ﬂit across one’s mind while hearing this tune but Lee is really starting to craft his own signature sound and it’s a melting pot full of ﬂavour!
Stay tuned for what comes next in the coming year… if ‘2020’ is anything to go by, it should be an interesting year at the very least!
“I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner”. - John Lennon