On Instagram last week, UK pop queen Charli XCX wrote that she’d finish recording her new album, the follow-up to 2014’s Sucker, “next week.” If my math is right, that means she’s finishing it up right now! And in a recent interview, Charli talked a bit about the new LP. She’s got a new gig modeling sunglasses for House Of Holland, and she spoke to i-D about the glasses and about the album. Since we only care about the album, we’ll tell you what she said in those parts.
On the album itself, she says it “could change the sound of pop music. It’s the album I’ve been trying to make forever. And now I’ve done it.” It’s hard to tell if she’s joking with that statement, but I’d like to think she’s not. Charli is on a short list of people who could potentially change the sound of pop music, after all.
She’s working on the album with people like her previous collaborator SOPHIE, Grimes/Justin Bieber producer BloodPop, and Danish hitmakers Stargate, as well as her best friend, the Swedish singer-songwriter Noonie Bao.
On SOPHIE, she says:
I organise I writing camp in the countryside in Sweden. It’s kind of just a hangout where we all make music and party for a week. I wanted to ask SOPHIE to come to work on stuff and he did. That’s the first time we worked. That was last January, and since then we’ve worked all over the place on numerous different things. He’s a real original. I admire him greatly.
And on PC Music, she says:
They have a very futuristic outlook on pop, which I think should be seriously listened to to keep the format interesting. They just know how to keep things next level. Whether it can be transferred to mass market it yet to be seen but they are an extremely talented and intelligent bunch. They’ll make an impact for sure.
A Charli XCX songwriting camp in Sweden seems like a cool place to be.