Charli XCX - True Romance
While the promo shots suggest Sigue Sigue Sputnik let loose in Primark, when it comes to the sonics True Romance is a smart collection of melancholy electro pop - which is how we like it here at The Music Fix. Charli XCX (aka 20 year old Charli Aitchison) has already made a name for herself by penning Icona Pop's 'I Love It', but she's still managed to hold onto a fisful of fine tunes that need to be heard by anyone whose favourite album of 2013 so far is Tegan and Sara's Heartthrob, sharing as it does a similar understanding of both genre and audience. "Wish she could see me when I'm lying in bed." Comprende?
The production is busy, but never to the detriment of the songs, and there are enough hooks to pull in doubters - although there might not be the killer crossover hit she'll need to turn from support act to Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds to headline act. She comes close on 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' which is too slow for radio play and opening number 'Nuclear Seasons', which is probably too cerebral for most but our favourite might be 'What I Like', which somehow dresses Kate Nash domesticity into three minutes of council estate pop. There are nu-soul and urban influences on the likes of 'So Far Away' and 'Cloud Aura' ("You were my Chris Brown") which will resonate with younger listeners; the gothic dramas of 'Black Roses' and 'You're The One' might catch the attention of fashionistas. True Romance might not have been on your shopping list for April, but if you have a soft spot for clever modern pop, you might just fall for Charli's charms.