Singular British synth-pop singer known as Charli XCX performs a midnight show at the Bootleg Bar on Saturday June 2 (11:55pm). Starting early as an artsy, child performer at east London warehouse parties (her father was a live promoter and so, apparently, was cool with that), Charli went on to release independent singles that gained such buzz – albeit temporarily – that they were included in soundtracks for fashion shows by Donatella Versace and Stella McCartney.
Still only 19, she has since joined up with producers like Ariel Rechsthaid and Patrick Berger (Robyn) to develop the intriguing, 80s-inspired, dark pop sound now apparent in her YouTube singles, “Nuclear Seasons” above, and “Stay Away”, among others:
I like her description of “Nuclear Seasons” in her bio: “purple with a space landscape. It’s floating through space, decaying, mouldy old swamps. And then as with all my songs there’s a burst of colour and glitter. It’s a dark pop song, with a roller disco sort of neon moment in it”.
Her upcoming album will be available in the U.S. on L.A.’s IAMSOUND records.