Things have been on the quiet side from B.C. Camplight since his spectacular Harry Nilsson tribute show at Johnny Brenda’s in late April of 2011 (watch him absolutely slaying “Without You” here), but with good reason. The prolific piano-pop singer and songwriter has been hard at work on his latest record, Grim Cinema, and today just announced via the Ireland-based blog Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ that it will be released sometime in 2013.
After making a big splash in 2005 with Hide, Run Away and its irresistible single “Blood and Peanut Butter” (watch a snowboarding video set to that song here), B.C. fell a bit off the radar in the states. His 2007 followup LP Blink of a Nihilist was released in the UK – where he cultivated a strong following – but was only available as a pricy import CD in the states until 2010. In late 2009 he was the first artist spotlighted by the Weathervane Music Project, recording a snappy song called “Your Daddy Is A Little Girl” and laying the groundwork for what would eventually become the Shaking Through series. Aside from that, he’d make periodic Johnny Brenda’s appearances (his cover of “Hot For Teacher” at a show opening for Buried Beds in 2010 was somewhat legendary, as was a later interpretation of Van Halen’s “Eruption” on piano), he’d bounce back and forth between England and Philly, drop hints about new music and leave us wondering when we’d get to hear it.
The word from Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ is that B.C. (aka Brian Christinzio) “can’t overstate how excited I am about [this new album].” Quotes from the blog:
“The record covers a much larger range than my previous work. It’s more intimate in places and in other places it is much more dense sonically – 100 percent melody driven. No filler”.
“It sounds like me and nobody else”.
“Although you can hear influences in my previous albums, this one sounds like a new creature we haven’t heard before:
“It ranges from deeply personal to frightening to ridiculous but sounds very much like one record”.
Christinzio / Camplight headlines a UK show in Manchester later this month, and will release a vinyl EP around the same time; Grim Cinema drops in the early part of 2013, and we’re seriously hoping that the shifts in the record industry / digital music landscape that have happened in the past half-decade will mean we get to hear it right away. Because, seriously, we’ve been waiting. Watch B.C. Camplight’s video for Weathervane Music below.