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BC Camplight

Shortly After Takeoff

bella union



cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 24th Apr 2020

£10.99


limited clear lp + download (pre-order)

Expected Release: 24th Apr 2020

£19.99


*** preorder the album on any format to receive a guestlist space (name on list / no physical ticket) to this instore + signing on wednesday 29th april 2020, 6:30pm - all ages welcome ***.

“This is an examination of madness and loss,” says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, 'Shortly After Takeoff' is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s 'How To Die In The North' and 2018’s 'Deportation Blues'. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. 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. Bleak comedy is evident from the album’s first song. ‘I Only Drink When I’m Drunk’ features Christinzio’s trademark ‘keep you on your toes’ style. He describes it as “Hank Williams on cough medicine being awoken by ferocious guitars”. ‘Ghosthunting’ similarly changes tack, between serene melody, classical harps, and pounding passages: ‘Cemetery Lifestyle’ appears to feed on The Four Seasons and crunchy new wave. Though the Nilsson-esque ‘I Want To Be In the Mafia’ (Christinzio’s favourite lyric on the album) and the elegantly sombre ‘Arms Around Your Sadness’ are less changeable, the way ‘Back To Work’ trades dreamy AOR and robotic funk, “sums up this record perfectly,” Christinzio feels. “The verse seems to make sense, then out of nowhere, boom boom…just when you think you have it figured out… It’s the never-ending cycle of mental illness.” Christinzio says his love of stylistic shifts is also linked to a, “pretty low attention span. I’m always stirring the pot, I never let it settle.” His personal life is similarly restless. Few might risk everything and abscond from the safety of home in Philadelphia, where he had released two albums, occasionally played live with local faves The War On Drugs - whose current members Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett were part of the original BC Camplight live band - and guested on Sharon van Etten’s Epic album. “If I’d stayed, I’d be dead. Period,” he once mused, and what was Philly’s loss became Manchester’s gain.

Shortly After Takeoff

Tracklist

  1. I Only Drink When I'm Drunk
  2. Ghosthunting
  3. Back To Work
  4. Cemetery Lifestyle
  5. I Want To Be In The Mafia
  6. Shortly After Takeoff
  7. Arm Around Your Sadness
  8. Born To Cruise
  9. Angelo