Album: Micachu and the Shapes, Jewellery (Rough Trade)

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Mica Levi, a 21-year-old from Surrey whose versatility is hinted at by the fact that she has both composed for the Philharmonic and released a grime mixtape, is breaking her shackles wide open.

Jewellery is an initially bizarre, but ultimately liberating thing: skittish and episodic, alternating between exotic and familiar instrumentation and between snatches of melody and atonal noise to replicate the logic of dreams. You won't hear another record like this in 2009.

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