Happy Release Day BC Camplight

BC Camplight’s ‘Shortly After Takeoff’, the third instalment of his Manchester trilogy of albums is out now on Bella Union. Read some of the rave reviews below…

“This album is a masterpiece… A marvel, in which currents cut across each other in a half hour or so that roils with anxiety, stuns with beauty and, occasionally, provokes laughter.” The Guardian – 5 stars *****

“Rich in imagery and wonderfully diverse, from power pop to grimy electronica, from piano balladry to funky disco… A singular artist.” The Sun – 4 stars ****

“Electronic pop, icy funk and Eighties rock ensure it doesn’t get too serious, although a jazzy ode to his father called Angelo ends a fun album in heartfelt fashion”. The Times – 4 stars ****

“Heroic… A record of infinite twists… Bible-black humour and brilliantly fractured songs ensure Shortly After Takeoff is a joy.” Uncut – 9/10

“BC Camplight exceeds emotional baggage allowance in style… He’s often very funny, yet the music’s stylistic pitch underlines how destabilised his world has become, I Only Drink When I’m Drunk buffeted by vocoders and Flaming Lips drums, Back To Work plunging from pastoral pop to early techno chill.” MOJO – 4 stars ****

“Adult pop that catalogues self-destruction and interior male ennui with a double-shot of gallows humour. Paranoid, doomy synths temper the classicism of Christinzio’s luxuriant Harry Nilsson songwriting.” Q – 4 stars ****

“Glorious… A deep dive into the swirling emotion following his father’s death that manages to be funny, self-aware, grandiose and satirical. This is sophisticated stuff; Christinzio’s croon reminiscent of Brian Wilson or Harry Nilsson.” Shindig – 5 stars *****

Shortly After Takeoff sounds better than any other BC Camplight record. As he moves through quiet balladry to soaring gameshow synth-pop and crooner rock’n’roll, Christinzio’s vulnerability is always rendered by melodramatic strings and a charmingly lysergic production.” Loud & Quiet – 8/10

“His most intriguing release yet, pitched somewhere between the confessional-mundanity-as-art of Mark Kozalek and John Grant’s transmutation of pain into blissful melodicism.” Metro

“This is an examination of madness and loss,” says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “I hope it starts a long overdue conversation.”

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.

“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”