Micachu And The Shapes - Never album
On a purely aesthetic level, Micachu and the Shapes could stand among this generation's most lauded arty pop purveyors. But with this, their second album proper (following last year's one-off collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, Chopped and Screwed), the band has doubled down on something genuinely different, defiantly cold, and intentionally withholding. These qualities were certainly present on the band's 2009 debut, Jewellery, but they were tempered by much more discernibly "pop" moments. In keeping with the album's title, Never is uncompromising and direct. While both of Micachu's albums feel like the work of impossibly cool, perpetually unimpressed British art students, this attitude is the brilliant, bloodless core of Never. The whiffs of boredom and casual disdain that passed through Jewellery no longer read as a crack at style.
Written-By, Performer, Mixed By – Micachu. Rough Trade Records 66 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PS, . 304 Hudson Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10013, .
The stakes are boosted further by ‘Holiday’ and.
Micachu And The Shapes – 'Never'. Never’ is a more traditional record for Levi and her band. They’ve even taken to using standard verse-chorus-verse song structures
Album · 2012 · 14 Songs. Easy opens with what sounds like a tornado of broken bedsprings, with Micachu’s clear voice as the eye of the storm. Never Micachu & The Shapes.
Never is the second studio album from Micachu & the Shapes. Never was self-produced by the band members Mica Levi, Raisa Khan and Marc Pell, recorded at Marc's studio in Streatham and mixed by Dillip Harris and the band. It is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Jewellery (2009). hard to believe that micachu with or with her shapes is not more well known. even harded to believe that this record did not make every best of list for 2012. can't wait to hear her next record.
Which is not to say that her music as Micachu is childlike, although it kind of is-in a good way. Her desire to make music so damn strange is childlike. But anyone can make a mess or a scrap heap. The main glue on Never, and what elevates it slightly above Jewellry, is the low tone of everything. Nothing’s too high-register to disrupt or overly fancify, at least up until the final track Nowhere, and that’s a highlight. Slightly louder than the rest of the album, Nowhere is a buzzsaw punk song in the tradition of Kleenex/LiLiPut, just like St. Vincent’s Record Store Day single Krokodil earlier in the year, with squashed, cut-up horns on a chorus that actually sounds joyous. Other highlights like Easy and OK get in and get out like a breeze.
Tracklist Hide Credits
Vocals – Wesley Gonzalez*
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Dilip Harris*
- Written-By, Performer – The Shapes
- Written-By, Performer, Mixed By – Micachu
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8 83870 06421 7
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|RTRADCD 642||Micachu And The Shapes||Micachu And The Shapes - Never (CD, Album)||Rough Trade||RTRADCD 642||UK, Europe & US||2012|