Micachu & The Shapes
Never, Rough Trade ****
The good news is that Mica Levi’s experimental pop is as glitchy as ever. In the wake of 2009’s expansively wonky debut album, Jewellery, Levi took a couple of different turns, including an artist-in-residence spot at London’s Southbank Centre and the Chopped Screwed collaborative live album with the London Sinfonietta. For Never, she’s returned to the rumbustious, restless shapeshifting that served her so well first time out. As she trawls wider and deeper in search of more off-kilter frolics, it’s clear Levi is no stranger to melodies, but her default position is to turn these oddball, unlikely hooks into junkyard scraps by coating them in skippy, twitchy textures, often using homemade or improvised instruments. Tracks OK and Easy are prime examples of Levi and her band’s unusual melodic methods, each an idiosyncratic, joyous, giddy collage of bleepy, blurry sound.
Download tracks:OK, Easy, Low Dogg