Micachu & The Shapes founder Mica Levi struck out on her own last year, with her compositions for the 2014 film Under The Skin gaining the rising artist a lot of new fans in the process. For her band’s new LP – their first since 2012’s Never – Levi and keyboardist Raisa Khan and drummer Marc Pell take some elements from the Under The Skin OST and put them into a pop context. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of “Oh Baby” is how the band expertly mixes in the icy instrumental with the warmth of the vocal performance. The song never threatens to climax, rather relying on its steady rhythm to pin the listener down, while these two disparate worlds collide.
Good Sad Happy Bad is out September 11 via Rough Trade.