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By | Published on Thursday 9 July 2015

Micachu And The Shapes

Having taken a mini-break from her band The Shapes to write the brilliant, brain-tickling score to Jonathan Glazer’s creepy ET film ‘Under The Skin’, animatronic pop maker Micachu, aka Mica Levi, is this week back in the frame with news of a third Shapes LP.

The follow-on to 2012’s ace ‘Never’, ‘Good Sad Happy Bad’ began as a happy accident, when the band’s resident sneak/rhythm section Marc Bell secretly started taping an improvised Shapes ‘jam sesh’. From that base, Mica picked the parts with the most potential to mix into final songs, writing all the lyrics to the LP “non-stop in one avalanche”. It catches the band at “the most free we have been”, adds Levi.

‘Good Sad Happy Bad’ is being released via Rough Trade on 11 Sep, a date the band will inch their way to via a stream of live shows nationwide, the first on 15 Jul at Glasgow’s own Broadcast.

Meanwhile here is ‘GSHB’ lead track ‘Oh Baby’, a scribbly yet sweet love song with hidden teeth, which sounds – in a good way – like it’s coming from inside a bin. If that appeals, take a quick listen now: