Lost In A Melody
Charli XCX has an album coming out. That’s all good and fine, but for me (someone who is part of her admittedly small fanbase), there’s a black cloud over the release, down to the fact that there are only four songs that haven’t already been released in some way :(
Those songs are Take My Hand, Set Me Free, What I Like and Black Roses by the way. The rest have all either been released as singles or appeared on mixtapes.
I guess I’m being a bit hypocritical because on the flip side, I’m a bit pissed off at Little Boots shunning Headphones from her measly ten track sophomore record, but when you’ve waited sooooo long for something to be released, of course you’re going to listen to all the music that is released prior and to then find that you’ve waited all this time to basically get four songs completely sucks.
I suppose it’s not her fault. Maybe there will be some bonus tracks. FYI the album title is great but the artwork is not.

Maybe it’s because guns seem like distasteful and feeble shock imagery these days, or because You (Ha Ha Ha) is light years away from You’re The One in completely the wrong direction in terms of brilliance, but I’m starting to get cold feet about Charli XCX. I still think she makes great music, she rocks it live, and I can’t wait for her debut album, but I’m starting to get Natalia Kills vibes when it comes to authenticity. I mean, as this campaign has gone on, it’s certainly looking more and more like a “Warner” act, like something only they could think was cool.

However, I’ll give Charli the benefit of the doubt (because she has been doing this for a while now, and she’s still wicked) and say it’s probably becoming a bit uneasy as the label step in and make a few more decisions than they were previously. Here’s the video in any case, which sees the platformed-footed pop star holding a rave in an artillery factory of sorts.

Here’s all the bands/acts I saw live in 2012

In chronological order and everything…

  • Marina And The Diamonds
  • Parade
  • The Wanted
  • EJ
  • A*M*E
  • Queen Of Hearts
  • HandS
  • Bright Light Bright Light
  • Little Boots
  • Kanye West / Jay-Z / Rihanna
  • Roxette
  • Misha B
  • Charli XCX
  • Josh Kumra
  • Labrinth / Plan B / Tinie Tempah
  • Natalie Duncan
  • Muse
  • Miaoux Miaoux
  • Dragonette
  • Sean McGowan
  • Delays

I was gonna write about who was the best and worst, but to be honest the quality this year has been far too high. Not only did I get to see some amazing acts that I’ve been dying to watch live for years (Marina, Little Boots, Muse, Roxette), I got to witness incredible fresh new talent like A*M*E, CHVRCHES and Charli, who all absolutely blew me away. Delays were as legendary as always, The Wanted continued to prove they know their way around an arena show, HandS were absolutely hilarious and Rihanna’s guest appearance during the Watch The Throne gig nearly reduced me to tears. I still idolised her at the point, you see.

What an amazing year. The bar has been set very high for 2013. I’d love to finally see Grimes, Unicorn Kid and even Björk if she fancies doing something. Gutted I didn’t get to see Madonna or Lady Gaga though, so perhaps I will be able to rectify that as well!

Too. Many. Pop. Culture. References.

Head. About. To. Implode.

Lyssna: Musikguiden i P3: We Got The World - Icona Pop

Icona Pop have a new single from their Swedish debut album. The rest of the world will get a different single and just an EP. We Got The World sounds pretty similar to Ke$ha’s Die Young to these ears, and ultimately suffers from the same problems: effortlessly generic and lacking the punch that made their earlier material stand out. Hopefully the rest of the new tracks (including a version of I Love It featuring goth pop princess Charli XCX) will be much more exciting.

Charli XCX performs You’re The One for Off Guard Gigs at Bestival. Aside from the annoying way in which she replaces the word “the” with “de” in the chorus and the fact that she looks SO MUCH like Marina And The Diamonds here, I love it. I LOVE IT.

Here’s the official music video for Charli XCX’s You’re The One. It’s like a mixture of Cher Lloyd and Jessie J on acid. Somewhere in a warehouse in Dalston, Natalia Kills is clutching a rotting rose and weeping mascara tears over what could have been. INCREDIBLE.

Doom and gloom songstress Charli XCX has a new song from her long-awaited EP. In fact it’s the only new song on her long-awaited EP. A shame, then, that’s only her fourth best song so far. But to be fair, all four songs are GREAT. I like the synths in the verse a lot.

Oh right, now it all makes sense. Charli XCX is just Marina & The Diamonds. I see.



Charli XCX - I’ll Never Know

Charli bestowed another track upon us last week in the form of “Valentine”, but I’m afraid it didn’t really light my fire in the same way as her other stuff. It was a little too light, cheery, and doe-eyed. It was like a Lily Allen demo but with none of the wit and charm that Lily brought to the table in her own material.

I’m happy to report that no such worries exist with “I’ll Never Know”, which showed up on Pitchfork today. It’s similarly bright in execution as “Valentine”, but so much more convincing. The production is among the best I’ve heard in ages, and Charli herself sounds absolutely amazing, floating over those beats effortlessly. It’s bright, but it’s a persona that fits her far better than the one she wore on “Valentine”, which came across as far more unnatural and unnecessary. Charli, when you’ve got tracks this good, don’t bother with shit please!

I’m going to need an album release date very soon. I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us.

Man, this girl just keeps on giving. Can’t wait to hear an album announcement. I just hope she doesn’t end up being another Lana Del Rey in that the image is really all that ever mattered and when the buzz of her first few songs died down the mist cleared and revealed she was shit. So far so good, though. I can’t get Marina & The Diamonds out of my head though, which is annoying.