[2015.06.15] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
Mica Levi and her Shapes follow up 2012’s Never with a record that finds subtle detail in mope and sadness. The mixing is deceptively simple, but one-off touches, and unusual dynamic placement of certain instrumentation gives these pop songs a cosy setting.
Like M&TS’ previous output, tracks are given distinction with bespoke sounds: Oh Baby’s stubborn misery is realised with minor riffs from a kettle drum and 2-bit timpani interjecting. Unity sports guttural screaming. LA Poison is a doped acoustic grunge skank whilst Sea Air’s disorientated melody evokes Robert Wyatt.
May the recognition for Levi’s soundtrack for Under The Skin bring more attention to her other work. Her invention is uncompromised by whichever pool she’s swimming in.