Charli XCX

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No thread on her yet. Her two singles released this year ('stay away', 'nuclear seasons') got the 'best new track' feature on Pitchfork and TheSinglesJukebox rated the later with a 7.83 which is quite a high score by their standards. Also it seems she's been getting the love by british press for a few years now, but I can't confirm that firsthand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBxC5bRbruQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1GNx2bwZa4

Moka, Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:24 (ten years ago) link

Is she named after a Star Trek episode?

Miss Piggy and Frodo in Hull (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:49 (ten years ago) link

From interview magazine http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/brit-pop-girls#_ :


CHARLI XCX
FULL NAME: Charlotte Aitchison. “The XCX really stands for ‘kiss Charli kiss’ which is unbelievably crap.”

AGE: 17.

PROVENANCE: Hertfordshire.

SOUND: Pouty raps, fuzzy basslines.

INTERVIEW: How long have you been making music?
CHARLI XCX: I started writing my own things when I was about 8. I used to try to bully my friends into imitating the Spice Girls on the playground. Then I realized, Oh god, my career’s going nowhere, so I looked in the Yellow Pages and phoned up the first cheap studio that I found and started recording.
INTERVIEW: What’s your song “I Wanna Be Darth Vader” about?
CHARLI XCX: Well, last night on Britain’s Got Talent, there was this absolute twat dancing to
Michael Jackson in a Darth Vader suit, which put me off a bit, but I used to think Darth Vader was really sexy—the mask, the voice, the heavy breathing, and the way that his cape whooshes when he walks.
INTERVIEW: What’s your grand plan?
CHARLI XCX: Well, there are a huge amount of girls out at the minute and they’re all great, but I feel like I could take them all on. I like Lady Gaga’s music and I think her fashion is great, but I saw her on a chat show and I wanted to punch her in the face. I kind of like La Roux, but her voice sometimes really annoys me. That said, I recently noticed that I’ve been doing really high notes in my songs, and I’m like, Oh no, here it comes. I’m going to turn into La Roux. And I’ve just gotten a massively short haircut with a huge fringe. Next I’ll be going ginger.

Moka, Sunday, 13 November 2011 01:57 (ten years ago) link

God bless all these musicians before their PR agents get to them and they actually give fun interviews.
Great songs, by the way.

SirGreendown, Sunday, 13 November 2011 23:33 (ten years ago) link

Whoops, meant to say "God bless all these youngish musicians while they're still giving fun interviews, before their PR agents get to them."

SirGreendown, Sunday, 13 November 2011 23:35 (ten years ago) link

kinda confused by seeing people have their minds blown by her. she's ok i guess, need to hear way more though - i like what i've heard but i'm not fully convinced for some reason, seems a touch heavy-handed

all i see is angels in my eyes (lex pretend), Monday, 14 November 2011 07:59 (ten years ago) link

Stay Away is definitely one of my favorites this year. Nuclear Seasons, not really.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 November 2011 18:04 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

Totally into "Nuclear Seasons" and I think I'm gonna go see her tomorrow at her first US show (!)

Joan Cusack clumsily running into a water fountain (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:32 (nine years ago) link

i love stay away. and valentine. haven't heard anything else other than nuclear seasons which a lot of people seem to like but i don't really get

teledyldonix, Friday, 9 March 2012 01:53 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

the chorus in this is great http://soundcloud.com/charlixcx/youre-the-one/s-pU6Fs

owenf, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:51 (nine years ago) link

Still waiting for something as good as Stay Away. Not even the Icona Pop song is close imo.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:57 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

okay so this "super ultra" mixtape is just ridiculously great

monotony, Saturday, 10 November 2012 09:57 (nine years ago) link

It is!

Tim F, Monday, 19 November 2012 17:25 (nine years ago) link

cosign! this is probably the closest an album has come to approximating the feel of maxinquaye for me, sounds amazing late at night. rapping over "moments in love" is p much a direct route to my heart. it's a little messy, but the songs are really there. also i didn't realize she was only 20--she'll probably go for leaner production choices in the future.

een, Monday, 26 November 2012 05:38 (nine years ago) link

Everything is consistently excellent. Also "Heatwave" is my jam.

Tim F, Monday, 26 November 2012 08:19 (nine years ago) link

It's almost as if... Someone made tumblr-pop that justified the adjectives and lurid colourscapes.

Tim F, Monday, 26 November 2012 08:21 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14932-various-artists-you-ha-ha-ha-lindstrm-remix/

Lindstrøm gives this shit a proper workout.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 February 2013 06:23 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

i really have no idea what to make of this album, like even whether i'm enjoying it or not

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:53 (eight years ago) link

i feel like i'm on the brink of being completely YESSSSS THIS IS RESONATING DEEPLY WITH ME but i can't...quite...get...there and it's the kind of thing where if you're NOT on board emotionally it's kind of functionally useless

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:54 (eight years ago) link

"you're the one" is a bit of a monster though

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:55 (eight years ago) link

albeit i think i might like "you're the one" better if it didn't plunge shamelessly into its cheesy chorus?

the brooke candy verse on this is disappointingly terrible

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:57 (eight years ago) link

have't heard the album but from the singles can attest that if you're on board emotionally they are the best ever

katherine, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:41 (eight years ago) link

there's a vagueness that keeps me from being emotionally on board "you're the one" but that curving bass

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:46 (eight years ago) link

really love the lingering the verses do on "you (ha ha ha)" too

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:49 (eight years ago) link

Does she have her own "I Love It" on this? I am still curious to hear what she would have done with it instead of Icona Pop.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:48 (eight years ago) link

I'm into this newest single "what I like". she has a knack for cadence

monotony, Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:54 (eight years ago) link

streaming over @ pitchfork advance

monotony, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 15:07 (eight years ago) link

This has very big Alisha's Attic vibes writ large all over it. It's a modern pop album that seems designed for people who grew up in the 90s, which is probably either really cute and endearing, or naff and silly, depending on your taste for talky-sung verses in the style of Siobhan Fahey when in Shakespeare's Sister.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:50 (eight years ago) link

Charli XCX herself seems very much a pop starlet for the twenty-something crowd, in the way she nonchalantly swears and sings about sexual encounters but it's all framed in this goth-pop cuteness with easy melodies and simple vivid imagery. I can see this album's relationship to 90's r&b being comparable to the way Anniemal took 80's disco and made it sound very pop but very chic, even though this is a lot more obviously dark and menacing.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:58 (eight years ago) link

aka the awful song with Brooke Candy made me nervous but I even don't mind that in the context of the album and You (Ha Ha Ha) is actually better than I remembered and the rest of it is great. The first three singles are still the best stuff here especially Nuclear Seasons but this is a pretty wonderful pop album.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:20 (eight years ago) link

as extravagant as charli's overload of stylistic reference points is, i don't think it's what's preventing this clicking for me - basically just don't think her songwriting is quite there yet. it's a bit overstuffed but the problem is less that and more her lack of a really distinct songwriting voice

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:38 (eight years ago) link

or just, interesting words, or something

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:38 (eight years ago) link

i think i'm the only person in the world that doesn't hate the brooke candy song. the second-to-last one "how can i" would be the dud if i had to pick one

monotony, Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:03 (eight years ago) link

You're not alone. Cloud Aura is one of her best. That said, True Romance is a let-down for me largely due to the production. My favorite track is What I Like, but even it has it's problems. Like why start of with a great intro that gets you all hyped up, only to never reference it anywhere else in the song? Still love it, but that's just one example of the many opportunities missed by this album. I expected it to be much more in the vein of Dance 4 U and Velvet Dreaming but the album's first half is like a 90's rehash of what Little Boots was doing with 80's pop.

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:45 (eight years ago) link

I've been cool on her other singles but "What I Like" is marvelous.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:47 (eight years ago) link

this is awesome; the two-year-old songs thread in pretty seamlessly

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:53 (eight years ago) link

weird but so far i prefer the album tracks to most of the singles (except "what i like" which wow). "like roses" and "take my hand" especially

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:19 (eight years ago) link

black roses*

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:19 (eight years ago) link

Really, really, really good record.

monotony, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:59 (eight years ago) link

after seeing her live last week this album is finally seriously beginning to click for me

in a way i'm glad the singles never quite did it in isolation because i get to feel the rush of "YOU'RE JUST ELECTRIC BLUE" now instead

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 19:51 (eight years ago) link

CUZ I CAN TASTE YOUR LIPS ON MY LIPS
YOUR KISSES TAKE ME OUT OF CONTROL
AND I CAN FEEL MY BLOOOOOOOOD
IT'S CRAWLING THROUGH MY VEEEEEEIIIIIIIINS

somewhere, shirley manson feels proud

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 19:59 (eight years ago) link

brooke candy's rap on "cloud aura" is so so bad but the rest of it is so good

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:01 (eight years ago) link

WHY YOU WANNA GO TO SLEEP
DON'T GO TO SLEEP
DON'T GO TO SLEEP
LET'S GO OUUUUUT

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:02 (eight years ago) link

hmmm i gave this album a couple spins last week but i only actually liked about half of it (mostly the front half, but some later too), the rest just became this amorphous blur of whatever

dyl, Monday, 22 April 2013 20:03 (eight years ago) link

it's taken me about a month and about...8 or 9 plays, i guess, to click

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:04 (eight years ago) link

YOU'RE JUST ELECTRIC BLUUUUUUE is wonderful. all of this is wonderful.

except for brooke candy

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 22 April 2013 21:02 (eight years ago) link

Is "cloud aura" the same as on last year's mixtape?

Tim F, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:33 (eight years ago) link

yeah no changes as far as i can tell

monotony, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:42 (eight years ago) link

"set me free" is ENORMOUS and shoulda been the lead-off single instead of "you"

monotony, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:43 (eight years ago) link

I still don't get why "I Love It" didn't get the praise this is getting, I know it's noisy and brash but that's kinda the point?

This keeps getting better on repeated listens, it's not so much that it's a grower as

boxedjoy, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:50 (eight years ago) link

It's slightly let down by a few songs on the second half. Hanging Around and Caught In The Middle definitely feel like filler.

Shame Charli has written that album off now. I guess it wasn't a great time for her with all her label issues. That was one messy album campaign.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 15:29 (ten months ago) link

Agree the second half is uneven but Hanging Around is glorious imo

I wanna learn to speak Japanese
Razor-sharp on the silver screen
You were made for a limousine
So get your shit now and come with me

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 15:31 (ten months ago) link

I now realise I had neglected to put in the time with "how I'm feeling now" and it is of course a glorious masterwork, every track gives me pop chills

assert (MatthewK), Wednesday, 3 February 2021 05:26 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

new song with no rome & the 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wlz9tc5UQA

monotony, Thursday, 4 March 2021 22:02 (eight months ago) link

that image hurts my eyes

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:11 (eight months ago) link

Sounds like a July song more than a March song, but I like it! A little too concise, maybe? Don't know No Rome, but a pretty faithful melding of their two styles.

Indexed, Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:30 (eight months ago) link

lol wrong thread

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:56 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

She finally has a song I like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twu2y32ccM4

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:04 (seven months ago) link

justice for "superlove"! i do like it better than the actual version lol (tho it's not bad!)

i giggled at the existence of a dedicated 'tiktok music' youtube channel

dyl, Thursday, 22 April 2021 03:57 (seven months ago) link

(i guess i should clarify i mean tinashe's "superlove," since charli also has a good song by that title lol)

dyl, Thursday, 22 April 2021 04:04 (seven months ago) link

like the original version of that Charli song better than the tiktok variant, but it’s fine

mh, Friday, 23 April 2021 01:51 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

my new song 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐎𝐧𝐞𝐬 arrives on September 2nd. get ready to surrender 🩸 pre save now. happy birthday to me 🖤⚰️🥀 https://t.co/vWV9CrELr5 pic.twitter.com/ItGTEcVw5d

— Charli (@charli_xcx) August 2, 2021

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:11 (four months ago) link

announcing a single a month out is weird

ufo, Monday, 2 August 2021 15:18 (four months ago) link

tbf she said it's a "song" and it's her birthday so the possibility is high it's just a one-off

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:21 (four months ago) link

is there a specific 80s hair metal cover that image is a parody of or is it just a vibe?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:22 (four months ago) link

looks more like a Taylor Dayne -type sleeve than a hair metal reference to me

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:33 (four months ago) link

The font, the background color wash, the "I'm crawling sensually on top of a Corvette but there's no Corvette" pose, it all reads hair metal to me, but I have zero mental picture of what a Taylor Dayne sleeve would look like

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:36 (four months ago) link

how exciting that i get to pre-save a song that comes out in a month

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:38 (four months ago) link

maybe it's just a generically hot 80s chick

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:39 (four months ago) link

i'd be surprised if it's a one-off, she's been indicating an album's on the way this year for a while now

ufo, Monday, 2 August 2021 15:39 (four months ago) link

This is from a few weeks ago:

evil era incoming 😈

— Charli (@charli_xcx) July 14, 2021

peace, man, Monday, 2 August 2021 15:49 (four months ago) link

Which she expounded on a few days later

i hate this idea of things needing to be labeled “right” or “wrong” or “appropriate” or “inappropriate ” within any type of art. if there is no upset or debate or controversy or questioning, then what’s the point of creating?

— Charli (@charli_xcx) July 18, 2021

i dont create to be “correct” i create because of how i feel. to me art is feeling & feelings are not black or white or clear cut. they are messy & ever changing like their human creators. if art isnt emotionally triggering in some way, positive or negative, then is it even good?

— Charli (@charli_xcx) July 18, 2021

peace, man, Monday, 2 August 2021 15:51 (four months ago) link

I hope "evil era" means that it's an album of songs inspired by the critically-acclaimed Paramount+ show Evil

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Monday, 2 August 2021 15:51 (four months ago) link

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p09rfbrp

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:14 (three months ago) link

not very good so far tbrr

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 12 August 2021 21:15 (three months ago) link

I keep putting "Charli" on during work to get some energy going but then I get to Blame It On Your Love into White Mercedes and feel weepy

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Monday, 16 August 2021 18:16 (three months ago) link

anyone know what this was about?

pic.twitter.com/5PrWVBwoDB

— Charli (@charli_xcx) August 15, 2021

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 August 2021 18:22 (three months ago) link

She has also said something like rip hyperpop on her insta this week. Think it is just a change of direction, a 80s pop charli is coming. I presume Sophie’s death also has had an effect on her want to move away from her signature sound/look.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 16 August 2021 18:29 (three months ago) link

oh sick, we needed one of our few genuinely idiosyncratic popstars to start making 80s pop, nobody else is doing that right now

imago, Monday, 16 August 2021 18:52 (three months ago) link

The old Charli can't come to the phone right now...
Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!

Shallot Shortage 2021 (morrisp), Monday, 16 August 2021 19:12 (three months ago) link

bring back rock Charli and even the bad podcast will be forgiven

Tracer Hand, Monday, 16 August 2021 19:21 (three months ago) link

shitty rip of the single leaked & it's pretty bad unfortunately

ufo, Monday, 16 August 2021 21:33 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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

the song feels a little unfinished, but i love the video's aesthetics

monotony, Thursday, 2 September 2021 22:43 (three months ago) link

the song isn't terrible but she's capable of so much better

ufo, Friday, 3 September 2021 00:53 (two months ago) link

oh sick, we needed one of our few genuinely idiosyncratic popstars to start making 80s pop, nobody else is doing that right now

― imago, Monday, 16 August 2021 18:52 (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

he ain't perfect but fuck me he's a rheillee (imago), Friday, 3 September 2021 08:35 (two months ago) link

it's also her most Marina-esque single in a long while, in case you needed reminding that they're m8s

he ain't perfect but fuck me he's a rheillee (imago), Friday, 3 September 2021 08:36 (two months ago) link

not bad. reminds me of Dragonette a bit.

kinder, Friday, 3 September 2021 09:06 (two months ago) link

m8s who argue over "familiar fruit" moments, sure

monotony, Friday, 3 September 2021 09:08 (two months ago) link

no hang on, I think I'm thinking of Stefy - Chelsea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq3wYJzE8T8

kinder, Friday, 3 September 2021 09:08 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

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

better but still a little too restrained

ufo, Thursday, 4 November 2021 17:30 (four weeks ago) link

seems OK

sean gramophone, Thursday, 4 November 2021 22:22 (four weeks ago) link

she previewed a bunch of the album & i'm no longer worried at all about this album, seems like singles are likely the least interesting by a fair way

pic.twitter.com/gbvnZPgySB

— @FckyeahCharli / Charli XCX Updates Media (@fckyeahcharliHD) November 4, 2021

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— @FckyeahCharli / Charli XCX Updates Media (@fckyeahcharliHD) November 4, 2021

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— @FckyeahCharli / Charli XCX Updates Media (@fckyeahcharliHD) November 4, 2021

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— @FckyeahCharli / Charli XCX Updates Media (@fckyeahcharliHD) November 4, 2021

ufo, Friday, 5 November 2021 07:32 (three weeks ago) link

Some great sounding stuff there, that last one in particular sounds like it could be a stone-cold banger if the chorus lives up to the intro and verse.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 November 2021 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

god i cannot wait.

blue6ave, Saturday, 6 November 2021 07:19 (three weeks ago) link

Whether or not it's on it, did she really not tease "Taxi" here to drive the fans nuts?

Gonna wait. Not out tol March 18. Literally the future of pop.

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 6 November 2021 11:02 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tvW25Qu5WE

legit disappointed with the Rosalia video, then this -
the performers are doing fine but the directing/editing and maybe concept are just so (yawn)

sean gramophone, Friday, 12 November 2021 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

and still not really feeling the song

but then i'm the one guy who dislikes polachek

sean gramophone, Friday, 12 November 2021 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

one?

imago, Friday, 12 November 2021 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

oops i like "new shapes"

dyl, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 04:54 (two weeks ago) link


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