Micachu and The Shapes

Don’t they look like they’re having fun dancing in-front of that green screen, with their “shape-painted” American Apparel tees?!

Micachu and The Shapes are responsible for what may well be my favorite album thus far in 2009.  Jewellery is a brilliant freak-pop album — produced by the great Mathew Herbert — and while it doesn’t sound like Animal Collective, it evokes the same (rarely felt) emotional “freak-out” response from me.  I’ve probably listened to Jewellery 40+ times since its release, and I think that tops my other heavy rotations of 2009: Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, and Bat For Lashes’ Two Suns.

I’ve heard people say that Micachu and The Shapes haven’t quite dialed-in their sound yet, and have better things to come (which would certainly be nice), but I think part of the appeal of their music is that it’s very quirky, erratic, and (sort of) unpolished, but still hopelessly catchy (the other appeal is the 4 million great ideas that they effectively fit into one album).  I could easily see the band following a similar path to the later half of Animal Collective’s discography, in that I think Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs(2004) and Feels(2005) are superior to their more popular Strawberry Jam(2007) and Merriweather Post Pavillion(2009), however less accessible.

So far the only “free MP3’s” the band has provided are a remix of “Lips” that I’m not particularly fond of — you can get it by signing up for their mailing list here — and the stems of “Lips” for remixing purposes, which you can get here.

The video for “Golden Phone” (above) was released about a week ago, and is one of 13 worthwhile tracks from Jewellery. I have yet to see the band live, but rumor has it that their live show is fantastic.

PS: I think keyboardist Raisa Khan (see “red circles tee” above) is totally crush-worthy.

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