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A good few years back some articles started appearing in music magazines about a young musician who made off-the-wall pop songs and included the sounds of herself hoovering in her songs. It sounded a little bizarre and there was sometimes an element of tittering snobbery about the whole affair, but what came out of it all was the emergence of Micachu and the Shapes, a brilliant alt-pop project fronted by the UK’s answer to Merrill Garbus, Mica Levi. After years of dabbling around in the underground making wonky pop tunes that were both ridiculously catchy and curiously technical, it seemed as if Levi was about to get her break when she was asked to create the soundtrack for last year’s sci-fi Under The Skin.

Levi might not be riding high in the charts, but the score and the recent announcement of a new album, Good Sad Happy Bad, means that the Shapes are finally getting some of the mainstream recognition they deserve. Good Sad Happy Bad teaser track Oh Baby shows off a looser sound that’s apparently representative of the LP as a whole, which was inspired by improvisational sessions between the Shapes. Expect them to air more brand new tracks from the album, as well as songs from their previous efforts, when they make a rare trip to The Cluny.

Micachu and the Shapes play at Cluny 2, Newcastle on Thursday 16th July.

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