Dublin electronic artist Circuit3 has signed with Manchester’s AnalogueTrash label for the new album ‘Technology For The Youth’, ahead of which comes the upbeat lead single ‘Future Radio’, co-produced by Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk) collaborator iEuropean (Sean Barron) and mastered at WAV Mastering by Richard Dowling, known for his work with Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Motorhead, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, New Order and Sparks.
Retro-futuristic but undeniably human, Circuit3 is the alias of Irish electronic artist and songwriter Peter Fitzpatrick. Using analogue synthesizers as a vehicle for lyrical storytelling, this music is heavily influenced by the classic era of electronic pop. .
“Every Circuit3 album features a track co-written with Brian McCloskey, better known to many as the curator of the magnificent Smash Hits magazine archive ‘Like Punk Never Happened’. From California, he sent me lyrics for ‘Future Radio’, which captured my childhood love of pirate radio stations popped into a blender with the space race. Starting out as an homage to The Buggles, it becomes a boy’s adventure tale, drifting off to sleep to the sound of pirate radio signals ebbing and flowing into my dreams,” says Peter Fitzpatrick.
A childhood fascination with space provides the emotional narrative arc for ‘Technology For The Youth’, a collection of crisp electronic pop songs and atmospheric instrumentals created with an enviable array of analogue synthesizers. It focuses squarely on that period before digital synthesis, just as the lyrics are informed by those endeavours in space exploration pre-dating the first Space Shuttle left Cape Canaveral.
Circuit3 debuted with the ‘siliconchipsuperstar’ LP (2018), followed by the album ‘The Price Of Nothing & The Value Of Everything’ (2019), praised by no less than Martyn Ware (The Human League, Heaven17). More recently, Circuit3 also released a remix created of Rodney Cromwell ‘Opus Three’.
For Fitzpatrick, this was the album he always hoped he would make and one that he has poured his entire heart and soul into. ‘Technology For The Youth’ is electronic pop constructed from the brave ambitions of forward-thinking scientists and politicians, and the remembered hopes, dreams and fascinations of a young Dublin boy.
As of May 4, ‘Future Radio’ will be available across online platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music, as well as Bandcamp. ‘Technology For The Youth’ will be released, both on vinyl and digitally, on July 15.
All music written and recorded by Peter Fitzpatrick
All lyrics written by Peter Fitzpatrick except ”Future Radio’, written by Brian McCloskey
All songs recorded and produced in Ireland by Peter Fitzpatrick
‘Future Radio’ co-produced by Sean Barron (ex-Kraftwerk collaborator iEuropean)
Mastered by Richard Dowling (WAV Mastering)
Photos by Paul Maxwell
“Truly retro-futuristic… ‘Future Radio’ immerses us into some awesome keyboard wave in a wonderfully youthful sound that lifts your spirits” ~ The Record Stache
“Uplifting electro pop with Pet Shop Boys-esque Fairlight drums, poppy vocal samples and a joyful lead vocal” ~ Altvenger
“A Dystopian Masterpiece” ~ Essentially Pop
“Classic synth with fabulous textures, voicing and rhythmic effects, each part having its place” ~ Electricity Club
“Very well balanced.. an album that can make your speakers pop” ~ Synthpoplover
“Stunning blend of analogue synth ear candy and 5 minutes into-the-future lyrics in a style not seen since the 1978-1982 era of electronic pop” ~ AnalogueTrash