Charli XCX is at it again and we should be very grateful for it.
Merely seven months after releasing her long, long, long-awaited third studio album Charli (which remains one of the best records of 2019), the unstoppable pop mega-babe is already pushing forward with its official follow-up: how i’m feeling now, which is being written, recorded and released while in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a “do-it-yourself” collaborative process. The album, which is set to be released in full on May 15th, is inviting collaboration in a new way, welcoming fans to give feedback on every aspect of the record; from contributing to videos, to songwriting choices, to single selection and more.
Following on from a poll hosted by Charli, today (April 23) she unveils “claws,” the Angel-selected second single following “forever.”
Unlike “forever,” “claws” – produced by Dylan Brady of 100 gecs – sees Charli in a more chipper state, dipping her toes into a more lush candy-coated, pop soundscape packed with PC Music-sculpted slabs of metallic sounds before the track transforms into a fiercely frantic ’90s Euro-club stormer. “I like-I like-I like-I like-I like everything about you…,” Charli chants.
Just like the best gems found on her Pop 2 mixtape, it’s short, sharp and thrillingly unhinged.
It’s hard to stay motivated and inspired creatively during this very uncertain time, so I gotta applaud Charli and her collaborators/fans for keeping it going with this impressive stream of consciousness. I’m very much looking forward to how i’m feeling now.