Boomkat Product Review:
Freshly signed to Rough Trade, 21 year old Mica Levi (aka Micachu) offers up her debut album with assistance from backing band The Shapes and a certain Matthew Herbert, who takes a producer's role on the album - a good booking by anyone's measure. Ol' Doc Rockit fulfills his role with the utmost discretion, applying the deftest and most subtle of electronic touches to an album whose ethos is resolutely raw and DIY. It's admirable that such a renowned technician is able to sound as at home with a lo-fi, anti-folk songstress as he does with an electronically-enhanced big band, yet he helps bring form to Micachu's peculiar emissions without stamping out the idiosyncrasies that make them so beguiling in the first place. In addition to the overbearing sense of ramshackle cool that permeates its every moment, Jewellery is notable for just how constantly surprising and riddled with moments of outright pop brilliance it is. 'Golden Phone' is quietly breathtaking, combining razor sharp melodies with chunky electronic beats, it's the sort of thing you could imagine bothering the charts and yet it's so obviously grounded in all things alternative. 'Calculator' has similar credentials, sounding incredibly inventive and unhinged yet not omitting a massive payoff in the chorus. Like so much of this album, the elements are raggedy and malformed, pieced together from lumbering vacuum cleaner bass and guitars that don't sound like they've ever had all six strings on at the same time. Jewellery actually delivers on the hype, and with it Micachu has well and truly proven herself as a convincing modern songwriter and racket monger. Highly recommended.