New Music To Know: Charli XCX Turns Synth Pop On Its Head
Her music has been described as synth-pop, dark wave, new wave, tumblrwave, indietronic, gothtronic and post-apocalyptic pop. Regardless of genre, one thing is certain: Charli XCX’s style is anything but ordinary.
The British singer-songwriter and former art school student describes herself as “Wednesday Addams meets Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice meets Baby Spice.” Having thrown teddy bears into crowds, licked photographers’ lenses, or writhed across boardroom tables, she‘s equal parts musician and showman.
Now 20 years old, Charli XCX (real name: Charlotte Aitchison) was just 14 when she recorded her first two songs in her bedroom. After posting them online, the tracks caught the attention of local club promoters, who requested she perform live at their venues.
Growing up as any impressionable teen girl during Britney Spears’ most formidable years, Charli looked up to the pop princess and even set her sights on emulating her career. But as time went on and Charli’s style matured, so did her tastes. Despite leaving her fondness for Spears to her youth, Charli still respects the pop star’s production, heralding songs like “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”
“I guess I just realized that I wanted to make my weird pop album and write the Britney sh** for other people,” she told Radio.com.