BC CAMPLIGHT+ GRACE LIGHTMAN + ALEX OHM
Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent.
His last album How To Die In The North, recorded in his adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.
Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten‘s album Epic.
BC Camplight will be playing a special solo piano show at new venue NoteBar.
Watch the video for ‘Just Because I Love You’ below:
Plus support from GRACE LIGHTMAN
Comparisons to Kate Bush are often lazy and miss the mark, but it’s hard not to notice the similarities here. Grace Lightman‘s dramatic croon careens between dizzying pop highs and svelte R&B depths, gliding above an ocean of synths and echoing guitars, creating a serving of melancholia that oozes charm and elegance.
Grace Lightman has followed up ‘Faultless’ and ‘White China (Raging Bull)’ with ‘Repair Repair’. The song apparently “started out as a jingle for a fictional weight loss milkshake advert but became a song about people’s fear of change, and the inevitability of becoming robots.” Its mantric synth pop style also sounds like Niki & The Dove.
Listen to ‘Repair Repair’ below:
Plus support from ALEX OHM
Midlands based songsmith, Alex Ohm has become a renowned name on the Midlands music scene and is currently writing and recording new material to release later this year. Alex’s alternative, cinematic symphonies reflect the wide range of influences that inspire his work and come together to create his unique sound.
With a number of sold out shows already under his belt, Alex has also opened shows for the likes of Ian Brown, The Charlatans, Ocean Colour Scene and Peter Doherty to name a few as well as touring worldwide.
Listen to ‘Through the Storm’ below: