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Jewellery [CD]

Micachu Audio CD
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No one can deny that the face of planet music is changing at a rate faster than ever before. Whether one believes that it's awkwardly evolving into a beguiling new beast, or imploding into a certain apocalypse, one thing's for sure: the soundtrack will be like nothing you've ever heard before. 21-year-old Mica Levi is the unassuming five foot one ... Read more in Amazon's Micachu Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B001R3YJ10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vulture
2. Lips
3. Sweetheart
4. Eat Your Heart
5. Curly Teeth
6. Golden Phone
7. Ship
8. Floor
9. Just in Case
10. Calculator
11. Wrong
12. Turn Me Well
13. Guts

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Debut 2009 album! Ruffneck grime-glitch 'n' skiffle-beat pop by the prolific London protégé. Produced by Matthew Herbert.

BBC Review

21-year old Mica Levi is quickly shaping up as one of the year's top tips-for-the-top. Not that she's a reality TV competition winner or well groomed pop princess, instead she creates a fractured, unhinged music that blends several sources to end up sounding not much like anyone else currently out there.

Which is not to say she is doing anything original. No, the sound she creates on guitar and electronics (accompanied by Raisa Khan on keyboards and Marc Pell on drums) is quite conventional indie rock with borrowings from all over - there's grime and dubstep, Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails, Tricky and X Ray Spex - but the way she meshes them together, playing fast and jittery, layering sounds, leaving lots of hiss and clutter in, makes her stand out from today's Brit rock pack.

How brightly she will stand out is debatable: she is no singer, preferring to mutter garbled lyrics - the effect is like listening to someone speaking too fast on the phone - and there is no melody or rhythm here that will appeal to those who like conventional structure in their pop. But the hype has already started with the likes of Guardian blogger Everett True claiming "Micachu is an exceedingly precocious 21-year-old who may go on to completely transform our expectations of music." Everett used to make great claims for Courtney Love so best to ignore such rhetoric - Micachu & The Shapes are conventionally unconventional, edgy and noisy as youth like to be, but in need of stronger songwriting if they want to appeal beyond rock writers who like to champion anything they consider dissonant.

As a debut album this suggests promise, but promise of what is unclear: rock music is now so played out that it is impossible to surprise listeners. For now, nothing here suggests making music for Micachu isn't just gap year fun before the real challenges of life begin. --Garth Cartwright

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything and The Kitchen Sink 21 Dec 2010
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I would appear to have stumbled over this wonderful
album far later than the rest of the listening world!
Better late than never is, however, a fitting adage.

Micachu is Mica Levi and she is joined by The Shapes
(Marc Pell/drums and Raisa Khan/keyboards) here and there.
Much has been made about the "experimental" nature of
these fourteen compositions. I rather feel that Ms Levi's
muse is touched by the spirit of pop than by the deeper
excesses of the contemporary European avante garde.
Some reviewers have also been less than kind about her
voice but I rather like what she does with it. It's
a clipped and cocky instrument with a limited tonal
range but what she lacks in vocal prowess she more than
makes up for with her hugely addictive compositional
style and droll sense of humour.

For goodness sake listen to 'Golden Phone' as soon as
you are able. It bursts out of the speakers with the kind
of joyous sunny optimism which long, hot summers should
all be made of! I defy you not to be drawn in by its
gloriously ribald rhythms and party-time handclaps!

'Eat Your Heart', too, leaps up and down like a pit-bull
terrier on a space hopper. The strangled yodelling vocal
pitched somewhere between George Formby's ukelele innocence
and Tom Wait's down-at-the-waterfront-dive darkness.

Some of the songs are less than two minutes long but still
manage to pack a punch and raise a smile simultaneously.
The sweet little revenge song 'Floor', gritty and grinding
'Lips' and the perky final track 'Hardcore' are three such gems.

'Turn Me Well' introduces us to the contents of Ms Levi's
understairs cupboard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally original lo-fi pop 5 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
The best album of 2009 in my opinion. I urge you to listen to it - it will only take 37 minutes of your time! Yes, the tracks are (sometimes infuriatingly) short, especially in these times where a 6 minute-long track is considered standard. But that's pretty much my only misgiving, and that doesn't really count as a criticism. There are a few great ones to dance to (Vulture, Lips, Golden Phone) and a few melodic and lyrical masterpieces (Floor, Turn Me Well) and some lovely sonic experimentation (Eat Your Heart, Curly Teeth). The only track I don't like is the Ship one. The guest "rapper" sounds a little creepy, but that doesn't impinge on the 5 stars that it so rightly deserves.

Oh - and I saw them live. The fact that they're not propped up by technical trickery does not at all compromise their sound. (Some tracks even sound better without all the hoovers and pots and pans and what-not.) And they didn't just play the songs off the album - there are much more corkers to come from these plucky young'uns!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd and Briiliant!! 24 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
this has to be one of the most individual and brilliant sounding albums i've ever bought!

with its random bleeps and squeels, and an overall chaotic feel, this album may not appeal to everyone. anyone looking for a conventional sounding indie album may find it dissapointing but if your looking for something different, individual and genre shattering, then micachu should be right up your street.

in my opinion there is only one bad track which is "ship", but all of the others are brilliant (despite the fact that they rarely exceed three minutes). particular highlights are "Lips", "Golden Phone" and "Calculator"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blingering 6 April 2009
By Gannon
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Michachu probably doesn't festoon herself in tawdry baubles. However it would appear she has quite the magpie's eye (or ear) for samples. She has emplyed the 'kitchen-sink' approach to create a lo.fi, alt.pop 'n' beats mash-up. It's the sort of thing a younger Beck may have made on a sugar high.

Lead single 'Golden Phone' is the bouncy highlight, a triangle and keyboard shuffle. Elsewhere the simple sample is less effective but happily not here. An acoustic loop plays with a clicking-clapping beat.

Micachu tackles modern matters in a modern sound, singing about STDs and whatever Curly Teeth may be, often to an abrasive selection of rhythm. Chart-friendly radio humpers these are not. Album opener 'Vulture' flirts with dnb and breakneck changes in rhythm, 'Eat Your Heart' is lunatic street performance stuff. 'Curly Teeth' is a simple and effectice layering of acoustic guitar, fuzzy beats and squeaky sample. 'Ship' is a head-nodding, freestyle MC show with bedroom grime influences. Heck, there's even an ode to a calculator on here.

Eclectic yes, madcap yes, but crucially, enjoyable yes.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, structure and hoovers. 5 May 2009
By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Losing a trail of thought: One of the most frustrating experiences that all of us occasionally suffer from. It all started when we were schoolkids thinking we had the right answer, before forgetting it. It's stuck with us ever since but not many of us thought it would end up in the form of music. The majority of Micachu's debut album `Jewellery' is a cocaine-fulled haze, eager to get every bit of rhythm and noise out of its system for everyones pleasure. And half of the time you think Mica Levi and her Shaped companions are losing their trail of thought or interrupting eachother but thankfully, every interruption out-does the other.

Lo-fi music always has its cynics, calling the recording process lazy, half-arsed, un-enjoyable, that's about it. But some underground shift has triggered a new means of thinking when it comes to lo-fi recording. `Jewellery' jumps onto the bedroom-recording bandwagon, but gives it a new meaning. A Bjork-esque, Harry Partch-inspired experiment of recording junk-shop household cutlery, hoovers, saucepans and gameboy gadgets might not sound entirely new to you but `Jewellery' boasts a complete mastering of this method. Again, your enjoyment is pleasingly interrupted by the piercing sound of a buzzing noise or an anonymous squeak. Lo-fi production this might be categorically but you hear every tiny detail and these details are timed to perfection to give that little bit more impact. It makes sense: Micachu's been waiting in the debut-album queue for sometime, floating about in the music scene, as a producer herself. But here, Matthew Herbert has been hired to squeeze every song within an inch of their life, making this album the most interesting of the year so far.

One listen, you're overwhelmed. Too much happens for instant digestion.
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