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Jewellery (Rough Trade)



Fans of Matthew Herbert will devour 21-year-old Michachu, AKA Mica Levi, who is produced by the avant-garde genius. A classically trained musician who has already been commissioned to write a piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Levi's aesthetic falls more on the punk side, with sparse lyrics that hurriedly stomp, punch and poke. In 13 songs, most under three minutes, she roars like a tiny Tom Waits over layered electronic pop, vacuum cleaners, clanging glass bottles and homemade instruments. "Lies" is a standout at 1 minute, 20 seconds, with its missing-string rockabilly opening. We're talking grimy, tinny, weird and wonderful.

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