"Before, it felt finished. Now, it feels perfect. It's feels like a proper thing."
The proper thing on the mind of 20-year-old shooting star Charli XCX is an album long in the making, one
which finally sees the light of day in 2013. The wait has been as agonising for Charli as it has been for her
fanbase - rapidly swelling on both sides of the Atlantic - but patience has paid handsome dividends. The
debut album she releases in 2013 - perhaps unlike the album she could have released in 2012, or even
2011 - finds XCX's vision fully realised. Sweeping synths, crunchy beats, emotive vocals, coy raps, spiky and
persuasive lyricism and big ideas about life, love and everything else: The album tracks (and soundtracks)
Charli's journey from teenager to young woman, but deftly swerves coming-of-age clichés.
"There were all these questions while I was making the album," Charli recalls. "Like how can I twist
something mundane to something really amazing that's never been done before? How can I make
beautiful pieces of pop? How can I just let my mind go and let all the colours flow out?" Many of the
answers have only really appeared in the last twelve months as Charli's vision has finally come into focus.
And now the album is finished, its ample vindication for one of Charli's most firmly-held beliefs: “We need
to reboot British girl power.”
Honed during support slots for artists like Sleigh Bells, Santigold and Coldplay, Charli’s live performances,
like her music, are raw but multi-layered, sometimes stark but with a clear beating human heart. Her
collaborators - Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Usher, Alex Clare, Solange Knowles), Patrik Berger (Lana Del Rey,
Robyn), J£zus Million and Blood Diamonds - have helped unlock a unique talent. All pop is here, from
Siouxsie to Spiceworld, The Knife to Nirvana. To achieve her intricate, post-modern pop with its evocative
titles like ‘Nuclear Seasons’, ‘Stay Away’ and 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' she is a lightning rod, pulling influences
out of the sky and channelling them into the crunchy beats, fuzzy synths, bittersweet melodies and
idiosyncratic perspectives that combine in the absorbing multi-media output of this compelling new artist.