Levi formed a band called The Shapes, which includes Raisa Khan on keyboards and Marc Pell on drums. They signed to Accidental Records who released their debut single “Lone Ranger” in May 2008, followed by “Golden Phone” in August 2008.
Their debut album Jewellery, produced by influential electronic musician Matthew Herbert, was released in March 2009 by Rough Trade Records.
Advance copies of Jewellery reached the press in early 2009, which generated positive reviews. In the wake of positive buzz, Micachu and the Shapes were immediately signed to Rough Trade.
Micachu and the Shapes toured widely throughout the UK in 2008, including performances at the Bestival and V Festival and her music has received critical acclaim in several national publications, including The Guardian, Dazed & Confused and Time Out. The band played abroad in South Africa and in the US at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and SXSW in Austin, Texas. The band will be touring Europe and North America in the summer and fall of 2009.
Levi describes the music she performs with The Shapes as “pop”, although the music veers away from much of pop’s defining characteristics, including obvious choruses and accessible lyrics, and often makes use of unconventional playing styles and noises like bottles breaking or a vacuum cleaner.
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