Last year saw a wave of young, female dark electropop artists such as Grimes and Austra make a major impact. The local IAMSOUND Records is the latest to land a big like-minded signing: The independent label will release the U.S. debut EP from Londoner Charli XCX in May.
Charli XCX singles such as "Nuclear Seasons" owe debts to Blondie and goth-edged darkwave and should fit nicely alongside IAMSOUND's other adventurous synth acts such as Salem and Little Boots. The label helped launch the careers of international star Florence and the Machine and the globe-skipping rock group Fool's Gold.
An e-mail from the label said a full track list, artwork and samples of new music were coming soon; her two shows at this month's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, are some of the most anticipated.
-- August Brown
Photo: Charli XCX. Credit: From her Facebook page.