has been one of the buzziest artists out there these days. Her debut album, Jewelry
, which was released last month has already garnered praise from some high places, including The Times and The Guardian. She has even received praise from fellow musician Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), on the now ever popular Twitter site, when he 'tweeted', "OK, this Micachu record is the best thing on earth. I am going to buy ten copies tomorrow." If you have yet to hear anything from this UK multi-instrumentalist, you are in for a treat. Micachu and her band, The Shapes, have just released their first ever music video for "The Lips". It is an odd little video, but a fun one nonetheless. It showcases the band's unpolished, experimental side, while at the same time giving us a little taste of what makes this band so interesting. -Greg Lozoff
Mica Levi, known by her stage name Micachu (born 1987) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. She is classically trained and is best known for experimental music in a variety of genres.
Levi was born and raised in Surrey, United Kingdom. The daughter of musicians, she started writing and playing music at the age of four. She studied violin, viola and composition at the Purcell School before being offered a scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study composition.
Levi performed as a DJ around the UK garage and grime scene in London, and released a mixtape titled Filthy Friends, which was posted on her Myspace page. For Filthy Friends she enlisted the help of friends and musicians of various backgrounds including MCs Baker Trouble, Brother May, Man Like Me & Ghostpoet, singer-songwriter Jack Peate, jazz band Troyka, London pop-band Golden Silvers, producers Kwes and Toddla T. Following its release, Filthy Friends became sought after on the London club scene.
While a student at Guildhall, Levi was commissioned to write an orchestral piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra which was performed at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2008.