With his Bella Union debut album How To Die In The North due for release 19th January, BC Camplight has just announced news of a number of UK shows for early next year and unveiled the video for current single, “Just Because I Love You”. Written and directed by Seth Fuller, and featuring a brief cameo from BC Camplight himself, this sobering melodrama encapsulates the bitter-sweet taste of love gone wrong.
Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent. Christinzio certainly knew it – he’s described himself as, “the guy who blew it.”
His new album ‘How To Die In The North’, recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.
Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten’s album ‘Epic’.
When Christinzio also John Grant’s album on the jukebox there, which encouraged him to approach Bella Union. Grant’s cocktail of depression and self-sabotage thwarted an outrageous talent, but he took his second chance. The same deserves to happen to Christinzio, a similarly outsize, sharp and funny personality with a non-conformist streak. Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North.
How To Die In The North will be released 19th January on Bella Union.
BC Camplight has just announced the below UK live shows for early 2015:
Friday 23 January – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Sunday 1 February – GLASGOW – Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 8 March – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Monday 9 March – BIRMINGHAM – The Hare & Hounds
Tuesday 10 March – LONDON – The Lexington
Wednesday 11 March – LIVERPOOL – The Leaf