It has taken almost seven years for BC Camplight aka Brian Christinzo, to release his new record. In that time he has provided guest vocals for Sharon Van Etten’s Epic album, and played a few live stints with The War On Drugs, on the whole though, his musical exploits have remained minimal, or at least very under wraps. Now he is back with How To Die In The North, an album title which could have been a reference to his relocation from sunny Philadelphia to Manchester in the North of England, except with this release he has given birth to a second bite at his career.
Manchester has produced its fair share of songwriters famed for their lamentations and pessimism, Christinzo seems set to become an adopted son to that legacy. His single “Just Because I Love You” is tinged with sad, lonely vocals of the type you would expect to emerge from a rain-dampened urban dweller. If Brian Wilson had discovered synths like this in his heyday, perhaps it would sound something like Christinzo. The Beach Boys influence is evident in these yearning, multi-layered vocals, but this is sunshine pop for a new era, let it be the soundtrack to your winter blues. How To Die In The North is released on the 19th of January via Bella Union Label.