Monday, 22 June 2009

Gotta catch 'em all!

Guitars held together with red string. Rotating wheels with plectrums attached. Bowed instruments built from the remains of wobbly CD racks. The use of hole punchers as hi-hats. These are just a few of the bizarre homemade instruments present on Micachu's album "Jewellery".

Micachu is a Surrey-born, London-bred songstress who, although classically trained, likes her music dirty. Along with her band The Shapes, she is signed to the legendary indie label Rough Trade, through which she released her debut earlier this year. The album is definitely worth a listen, a wacky mishmash of short but sweet DIY pop-punk and random background noise. It's hard to categorize Micachu & The Shapes' sound in one precise genre really, so here's three original tracks, and two remixes courtesy of We Have Band and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Judge for yourself.

Micachu & The Shapes - Vulture [Right Click To Download]

Micachu & The Shapes - Lips [Right Click To Download]

Micachu & The Shapes - Golden Phone [Right Click To Download]

Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (We Have Band's 'We Have Lips' Remix) [Right Click To Download]

Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 'Edmontosaurus' Remix) [Right Click To Download]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and We Have Band are two of my big tips for this summer, so make sure you check them out.

And so, I leave you with the video for the brilliant "Golden Phone", so keep it funky,