Posts Tagged ‘Shortly After Takeoff’

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When piano playing songwriter BC Camplight (AKA Brian Christinzio) drops a new record, the world takes notice. Blending indie rock with lo fi pop sensibilities, his cult following has swollen to breakthrough into the mainstream and both fans and critics alike have been eagerly awaiting the release of his new album ‘Shortly After Takeoff’.

Hopes were raised high with previous LPs ‘How To Die In The North’ and ‘Deportation Blues’, and fortunately the third and final part of what Christinzio is calling his Manchester Trilogy, All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester England. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

It certainly does not disappoint. Continuing his aliens account of a Philadelphian’s experience of living in the north west, his idiosyncratic outlook is matched by an equally unique genre defying sound that blurs the lines between synth-pop, folk, country and space rock.

Seamlessly sophisticated, it’s a clever record loaded with witty insights and packed full of ideas without ever becoming too demanding of your attention to prove a point or explore a genre. See BC Camplight when he tours ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ from September onwards.

Taken from the album ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ by BC Camplight, released 24th April 2020 via Bella Union Records.

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Brian Christinzio will release his new album as BC Camplight in April and has just shared a second single off the record. “People that are struggling in life, be it from a stress, loss, or mental illness, are more likely to behave in self-destructive ways,” says Brian of the intent behind this odd, moving orchestral track. “The idea of only drinking when you’re drunk is the notion that sometimes we hurt ourselves because we are hurting. The verses reflect the feelings some of us have when we are plodding through our everyday lives. The choruses are what happens when these feelings get the best of us.”

I went to some pretty scary places to conjure up this, my best album. It’d mean a whole lot to me if you welcomed it into your home today. Not only do the first 500 vinyl pre-orders get personally signed by me, but I will be picking 4 album pre-orders at random to award a prize of two passes to any BC Camplight non-festival show for all of 2020. It’s the least I can do for the best fans in the world. I mean, you saved my dog for crying out loud.

Anyway, this album is a hard look at mental illness, loss, and human spirit. It will love you back. So, order this bear and, with any luck, together we can make the Top 40 a less awful place.

Love, Brian

Taken from the album ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ by BC Camplight, released 24th April 2020 via Bella Union Records.