Micachu & The Shapes

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Jewellery was one of the best records of 2009. This band (and this woman) are going places. Awesome musical aesthetic. Apparently Simon Reynolds said something about them. I don't care. I only wanna listen to the songs. The frisky, engaging songs.

Also, the art of the short album is alive and well!

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:40 (ten years ago) link

lex is basically right about these doofs

k3vin k., Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:51 (ten years ago) link

Relevant quote plz.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:51 (ten years ago) link

I think the album's wicked.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:53 (ten years ago) link

Wish I'd nominated "Eat Your Heart" or "Guts" to the 2009 poll. Of course Lex hates them; he runs away at the first sign of dissonance.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:53 (ten years ago) link

Also, my two favourite albums of 2009 were both written and helmed by women! I feel like hegemonies are bein' challenged.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:55 (ten years ago) link

actually forget i brought lex into this, sorry. ima let you guys have your fun, it's a new year.

xp congratufuckinlations imo

k3vin k., Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:56 (ten years ago) link

I haven't composed an official favorite 09 list or anything, but I'd guestimate it's at least 60% women (or more).

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:56 (ten years ago) link

hahaha kevin take a chill pill, did a dog eat yr lunch or something?

I think my list stops being female pretty sharply after Micachu and St Vincent but I'm still willing to hear more before casting my BALLOT

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 21:58 (ten years ago) link

lol no but my dog did get mud all over the house tho

k3vin k., Saturday, 9 January 2010 22:01 (ten years ago) link

funny you should say that, because track 12 of 'jewellery' features a vacuum cleaner as its main hook

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 22:03 (ten years ago) link

does the St Vincent album feature a teeth solo?

Audrey Wetherspoons (sic), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:04 (ten years ago) link

It has a neck solo.

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:43 (ten years ago) link

There was a video on the TV for a really short song with a weirdo guitar lick that I liked a lot. Can't remember what it was called. Totally charming attitude on that kid, tho.

retrovaporized nebulizer (╓abies), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:47 (ten years ago) link

Yeah that one.

retrovaporized nebulizer (╓abies), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:52 (ten years ago) link

That little grin at the end

retrovaporized nebulizer (╓abies), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:54 (ten years ago) link

Something a bit Captain Beefheart about that riff.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:56 (ten years ago) link

i like them they're good fun

nice ppl as well

Karen Tregaskin, Saturday, 9 January 2010 23:58 (ten years ago) link

FEMALE MARK E SMITH

nice ppl as well

lol ok maybe not

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 00:00 (ten years ago) link

Couldn't get the album to stick like I wanted it to stick. But I hope she's going places. There's a naturalness (like The xx) that stands out, even if the stuff doesn't always hold together. Still admire Prinzhorn Dance School's recordings more than either of Micachu or xx, but I can't imagine them going places.

bendy, Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:30 (ten years ago) link

this is from the opposite end of the musical spectrum to the xx! one all controlled, restrained, harmonious and boring as fuck 'sophisticated', and one, well, challenging, dissonant and mercurial.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:37 (ten years ago) link

How do you get 5 Micachus in a Mini?

Chelsea Rabbit Rapist (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:39 (ten years ago) link

i lost all faith in this stupid band when i found out she didnt call herself michachu after pokemon

morelike michapoo and the shits imo

Lamp, Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:40 (ten years ago) link

Joke still works imo

Chelsea Rabbit Rapist (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:43 (ten years ago) link

don't get it

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:46 (ten years ago) link

Poke 'em on

Chelsea Rabbit Rapist (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:46 (ten years ago) link

-_-

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:48 (ten years ago) link

That's one of the top 3 jokes of all time. OF ALL TIME.

Chelsea Rabbit Rapist (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:49 (ten years ago) link

ok fine `v`

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:51 (ten years ago) link

for posterity: a lot of ILX posters talk absolute horseshit about micachu and terminologies and whatnot here simon reynolds: classic or dud when starting a nice thread like this would have sufficed

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 03:34 (ten years ago) link

i like the kitchen sink feel to this album, all those pots & pans as percussion.
louis have you heard Tune-Yards? she has a similar sort of ascetic, but less dissonant & more soul based.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqV5KzbNYIQ

zappi, Sunday, 10 January 2010 03:36 (ten years ago) link

dammit slow connection load quicker

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 03:45 (ten years ago) link

ok that was decent enough but not in the same ballpark as micachu - also more likely to reach a wider audience on account of being less abrasive?

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 04:17 (ten years ago) link

Jewellery was my favorite album of 2009.

real bears playing hockey (polyphonic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 04:32 (ten years ago) link

Missed these dudes here an hour ago due to their stage running late and Roots Manuva overlapping their entire set - but saw the gear being bumped out and there was no miced-up Dyson. get yr cv in quickly imo lj.

Audrey Wetherspoons (sic), Sunday, 10 January 2010 08:44 (ten years ago) link

I never expected to read these things on ILM

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Sunday, 10 January 2010 16:51 (ten years ago) link

ok that was decent enough but not in the same ballpark as micachu - also more likely to reach a wider audience on account of being less abrasive?

― Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Saturday, January 9, 2010 11:17 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark]

there is some really dissonant shit on the tune-yards album, the clip posted is not very representative of what she's all about and kind of blows tbh. the album is all samples she recorded and mixed with a minidisc recorder, not schnazzy studio musicians in black shirts. check it out, it might be your third favourite female fronted record of the old year.

samosa gibreel, Sunday, 10 January 2010 23:31 (ten years ago) link

seeing as the ebony bones record was little more than decent, quite possibly XD

i can't stand the tune-yards record, some may take that as a recommendation

journey to the center of fat butt (electricsound), Sunday, 10 January 2010 23:35 (ten years ago) link

ha, the reason i checked out the micachu record was because certain people were hating on it so much on that other thread.

zappi, Sunday, 10 January 2010 23:48 (ten years ago) link

:D

fuck ME!!! tune-yards is shaping up MIGHTILY

dammit the first two tracks are EPIC, the next two less so. please recapture spirit of first two tracks

i don't know if anything bangs (as in BANG!) as hard as the first two until "fiya" but there are some other great tunes.

samosa gibreel, Monday, 11 January 2010 00:36 (ten years ago) link

yeah it's not bad at all! 'fiya' starts in like 10 seconds so

i oughta listen to the st vincent album

samosa gibreel, Monday, 11 January 2010 00:38 (ten years ago) link

with haste. and bearing in mind that the first 7 tracks are without exception booming

ok re: 'fiya' was gonna say 'a bit too graceland for me' but the last two minutes are rectifying issues (even though things have gotten even more graceland...hmm)

still not quite...there imo, although this will get further chances

"Hatari" is my favourite.

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Monday, 11 January 2010 03:49 (ten years ago) link

i still jam 'golden phone' but haven't listened much otherwise, will try some more now perhaps

ciderpress, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:18 (six years ago) link

It was for a while my favourite record ever and it's still way way up there, I listen to it a lot. She's also a great DJ

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

these two songs are yoga jams 4alltime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_vh6Gjdhyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6pSU7ug0JE

love the aesthetic of her videos. every single track on the album has one. possibly the best way to experience the album

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

whole-album video stream:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5FCF8E26A1A4B2A4&feature=edit_ok

it's all wondrous but if anything the second half is stronger, bear in mind

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:42 (six years ago) link

nah listening again the whole thing is complete brilliance.

anyway, the song upthread. get to it.

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:58 (six years ago) link

As of right now, Never is the one album from last year I most regret sleeping on

Drugs A. Money, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:54 (six years ago) link

The Tirzah EP is my favorite 10 or so minutes of music this year. a little more direct and pop-focused than some of the Micachu stuff with vocals that are more approachable. still plenty weird. here are some links so you can check it out.

Rdio: http://rd.io/x/QBOgPnLtmA/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/0qm9bFqwd6IxeD36tC4sxw

fffv, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:19 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

ilx has form when it comes to trashing any sort of genuine art-pop

micachu obv >>> pc music in terms of compositional ability, but the battle lines are consistent and clear

this place is utterly stupefying sometimes

imago, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 01:19 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

front cover of wire magazine this month

Ottbot jr (NickB), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:20 (five years ago) link

so so so so so so happy Micah is getting recognition she deserves

but hope she keeps making pop music and doesn't go full Zimmer

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:08 (five years ago) link

i'm just gonna do a lazy-journo categorisation thing w/this chick and throw her in with the rest of this era's pestilent Quirky Girls who think wearing bright colours and singing like a toddler are substitutes for talent

― lex pretend, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 5:06 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

never fucking forgive, never fucking forget

rae sredrum (imago), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:23 (five years ago) link

not that we didn't all say stupid things about music five years ago (ahem) but this attitude from the ongoing Campaign For Real Pop ensures that my work here is never done

rae sredrum (imago), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:29 (five years ago) link

not that into her pop music but i hope she releases more dance music & beats like she played on her Boiler Room set, for instance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3JPXQszhHA

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:45 (five years ago) link

I don't know how often I screamed this or if it was often enough but the Micachu mixtape from only two months ago is prettttty much the best thing in the world.

my booty it clean (fgti), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:25 (five years ago) link

It is called "Feeling romantic, feeling tropical, feeling ill" iirc it is 53 minutes long and never stops serving aces

my booty it clean (fgti), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:25 (five years ago) link

i really loved her under the skin score! would never have guessed. her early work itt is still pestilential

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:28 (five years ago) link

i wanted to hear that tape, couldn't find a legit digital version anywhere though.

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:30 (five years ago) link

wait

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:34 (five years ago) link

only just now understanding that micachu did the under the skin score

holy shit

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:35 (five years ago) link

Jewellery is such an perfect album I bought ten copies and gave them away to strangers. I wasn't as much a fan of Never as imago but I'm warming to it... re mixtape, Jordan and anyone else, msg me

my booty it clean (fgti), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:28 (five years ago) link

have done so! cheers for the offer!

nice to see some reevaluations from certain ppl here, although yeah if they could go back and reevaluate the pestilential stuff too (or accept that it COULD to some ears be great) that'd be dandy :P

rae sredrum (imago), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:35 (five years ago) link

Never is seriously one of the best albums of the decade Iimo. Do still want to listen

all that glitters ain't cyber gold (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 04:20 (five years ago) link

Lol: *do still want to listen to the Under the Skin sdtk. & that mixtape sounds really cool.

all that glitters ain't cyber gold (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 04:22 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

not feeling the new one

feels like a retreat into…somewhere dark and uncomfortable where we don't really need to be. where are the good ideas, the cool sounds, the weird melodies, the manic euphoria amidst the sadness?

imago, Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:16 (five years ago) link

maybe more listens will open it up but it occasionally hints at growing into something mighty before pulling back every time, acting all inscrutable, hiding behind lo-fi mumbles & a blank refusal to sound appealing.

maybe this last quality is proof of its brilliance but for now i'm left cold

imago, Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:18 (five years ago) link

you means its even more shittier than the previous shit?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:32 (five years ago) link

never is a towering masterpiece u goon

imago, Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:35 (five years ago) link

randomly decided to give them a listen for the first time today... (i think i just auto-dismissed any music where band members wore screenprinted tshirts in the 00s). four listens of both albums later... wow.

the highs of jewellery may be a bit higher but i really love the cohesiveness of never. everything flows perfectly from one track to the next and that strange pitchshifted silvery-metallic production all over everything.

what i love the most is how hooky everything is even when it's bursting at the seams with ideas and deviations. really quite smitten.

linee, Saturday, 12 September 2015 05:50 (five years ago) link

not feeling the new one

I've listened once so far to the new one and it just sounded so plain. I think "lo-fi mumbles & a blank refusal to sound appealing" describes it pretty well. I've loved most of what she's done since the start, and the Under the Skin stuff was as exciting as any of it, but I need to work with this one.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 12 September 2015 18:33 (five years ago) link

Never is def one of the great LPs of the decade, CS, what are you on about?

watermelon nuns from Calgary (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 September 2015 20:59 (five years ago) link

Lol I just posted that right before the break, nm

watermelon nuns from Calgary (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 September 2015 21:01 (five years ago) link

I loved Jewellery, and thought Lips was the best single of that year. I find the new one absolutely unlistenable.

Roaming gang of aggressive circlepits (ithappens), Saturday, 12 September 2015 21:13 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

oooh, can't get enough of those glissando strings: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/fyc/film/jackie/soundtrack/

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 21:55 (three years ago) link

^ I love the track "Children" from the OST. So gorgeous. Has anyone heard the new album she did with Oliver Coates?

Ross, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:45 (three years ago) link

No, is it good?

imago, Sunday, 27 November 2016 14:31 (three years ago) link

Early uniformed opinion: It's good if you're a fan of Mica's penchant for experimental classical music. First track has subtle similar warped cello effects to what can be heard on "Under The Skin". The album is quite short with 13 tracks, so the compositions lack the build up or sustained mood of something like "Love Theme" or even the work she did with London Sinfionetta. However, it contains engaging soundscapes, splayed beats and a playful approach to the avant garde.

Ross, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:27 (three years ago) link

And plenty of beautiful cello sounds!

Ross, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:27 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F00oI7iTXY

classic

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 15 September 2017 04:35 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WPpBWPVsphc

Ross, Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:42 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

First thirty seconds of the new album (the band is now called Good Sad Happy Bad) are quite something...

Chip-vill-A (imago), Friday, 16 October 2020 09:10 (one week ago) link

did you listen to any more? the first tracked felt like a table setter.

there are some corkers on the record's second half, tho

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:40 (one week ago) link

*first track

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:40 (one week ago) link

Yeah I heard the whole thing! It's really good. Much closer to Never than GSHB on quality. Will enjoy relistening

Chip-vill-A (imago), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:48 (one week ago) link

Title-track especially stunning

Chip-vill-A (imago), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:03 (one week ago) link

title track was a definite highlight, "bubble" and especially "universal" were my other faves.

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:05 (one week ago) link

This has a shout at being their best album. Earphones have really brought it to something special

Chip-vill-A (imago), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:09 (one week ago) link

Whole second half is incredible

Chip-vill-A (imago), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:21 (one week ago) link

i really like the opener, im a sucker for that mac demarco lazy strummed detuned wet guitar sound

i haven't listened to any micachu music since the debut so idk if her singing style changed, but i like the singer on this better (even if she's a bit unremarkable)

it's cool that an artist with a reputation for being an avant-garde genius made a low-stakes post punk album w her friends; makes me miss playing in dumb short-lived bands w my pals :')

flopson, Sunday, 18 October 2020 00:32 (one week ago) link

"shades" is trippy for sure

flopson, Sunday, 18 October 2020 00:54 (one week ago) link

God it's so good. Reminds me of The The in places ('Bubble' especially).

tangenttangent, Thursday, 22 October 2020 09:29 (one week ago) link


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