Micachu And The Shapes
‘Never’ (Rough Trade)
It’s taken Mica Levi over three years to follow up her debut album, but she’s hardly turned old and sensible. When this musical DIY fanatic spies a vacuum cleaner, she still sees a viable musical instrument. However, she and her band have gotten noisier and less electronic. At times like The Raincoats’ rambunctious younger sister; at others more like M.I.A. without the passport, repeat listens to Mica’s latest reveal shards of melody, but less charm than before. As a result, ‘Never’ walks a fine line between experimental and exasperating.