SXSW 2009: Micachu & the Shapes Compose a Song for Austin
Micachu & the Shapes' avant pop-sicle compositions were already the
toast of SXSW 2009 before spry frontwoman Mica Levi's miniature guitars
had even crossed the Texas state line. However, Levi, keyboardist Raisa
Khan and drummer Marc Pell seemed far too fascinated and exhausted by
their festival experience to let the buzz go to their heads. During our
chat at Austin's Driskill Hotel, the precocious singer even showed me a
short video capturing
the historic hotel's wild west motifs while she whistled The Good, the
and the Ugly's theme, and sheepishly asked about the shows I'd seen:
"Do you find that you remember the last song more than anything else?"
Levi: It would be fast.
Khan: I reckon it would be slow and lethargic.
Pell: I've never heard you say "lethargic" before. That was really cool.
Levi: That's how much we hang out. When we hear a word we haven't used before, we go: "Oh my god!"
Pell: Because there's so much music going about, it would be really busy and this mess of...
Levi: Maybe there would be loads of reverb on it so that it becomes a wash of sound.
Pell: Really fuzzy.
Khan: Or you could stand on the street with a mike and record all of the different rhythms that are happening at the same time.