Micachu is about as close to experimental as it gets. In a world where the worldwide music chart is awash with the same Guetta-branded pre-programmed synth beats and the same will.i.am-famous “breakdowns”, it’s a massive relief to listen to a record that throws the majority of current pop music rules out of the Wendy house window and starts making its own mud pie of music madness.
From my somewhat off-imagery, you may have inferred what I was trying to say: Never is a childish, crazy mixture of a whopping fourteen songs. It takes the piss, even, and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Opener ‘Easy’ is a messy kiddy fairground riot ending in anarchic punky riffs; title track ‘Never’ has a tempo that almost trips over itself, infiltrated with playful vocal rounds; another example,‘Holiday’, is a merry-go-round of squeaks, drums and droned vocals. And the remainder of tracks on the album are of a similarly, randomly hilarious ilk. There’s genius at its core; but heck, I’m too stupid to pinpoint where it is.
Being extremely talented in the classical sense, and given all the tools to be a Serious Musician, Mica still chooses to strip herself of any restrictive formalities and creates a massive ruckus. Never is demanding to listen to yet at the same time it’s fun, and it’s funny too! Such variation makes quite a brilliant album.
Taken from Notion Magazine Issue 58