Video of the Day: Charli XCX, “Stay Away” (Live from Dalston Heights)
If Florence Welch and Natasha Khan represent the revival of the powerful avant-garde female pop of Kate Bush and “Lion and the Cobra”-era Sinead O’Connoor, then Charli XCX is falling somewhere between Danielle Dax and T’Pau. Not sure if that’s particularly edifying or signifies something good or bad, but it is what it is. The studio version is much more cavernous and with layered background vocals, and is therefore much more enjoyable in its specific mid-1980s-isms.
This is one of those instances where a song is screaming out for an official video, something that reflects the song in its original recorded form, and nothing is arising as of yet. The record company appears to be doing a slow build.
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