In a sentence:
Completing BC Camplight’s so-called ‘Manchester Trilogy’, Brian Christinzio delivers a concise and vibrant indie-rock masterclass in ‘Shortly After Takeoff’.
Originally from Philadelphia, Brian Christinzio’s English-based outfit BC Camplight has released the third and final album in a series of works that Christinzio has dubbed his “Manchester Trilogy” – consisting of 2015’s How To Die In The North, 2018 breakout album Deportation Blues, and completed by this latest release, Shortly After Takeoff.
It’sa concise and consistently excellent collection
of psychedelic-pop fantasy, both grounded and ethereal throughout. The album
focuses on themes of “madness and loss”, according to Christinzio, and the
music portrays a beautifully haunting yet candid representation of mental
illness. The sound of BC Camplight is an amalgamation of a variety of
influences, and one can hear hints of modern psychedelic bands, like Tame
Impala, as well as the ballad-like song structures of rock giants like Queen,
perhaps due in some part to the fantastic piano parts on tracks like ‘Arm Around Your Sadness’.
Christinzio has an ear for bizarre yet undeniably satisfying
hooks, particularly evident on recent single release ‘Cemetry Lifestyle’. The
varied instrumentation used to formulate the riff is very stimulating, as the
melody is passed from modulated brassy synth to distorted guitar tones. In
places, Christinzio’s vocal delivery sounds similar to Kevin Parker, and Lou
Reed in others; listen to ‘I
Want To Be In The Mafia’ to hear this change within the first two minutes. The
expression of feelings towards topics that are evidently very close to
Christinzio’s heart is handled with a casual yet sincere approach, resulting in
music that is both atmospheric and touching.
A melting pot of genre influences, Shortly After Takeoff
is a great listen, and with only nine tracks on the album, each with a
different tone and attitude, it’s an economical and diverse piece of work. With
this album marking the end of an era and a body of work, it will be interesting
to see in which direction Christinzio takes BC Camplight next. (8/10) (Jacob
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