In addition to her recently completed support slot for like-minded friend Marina and The Diamonds as well as her own immediately following solo headline tour, Charli squeezed in some in-store appearances to meet and greet with her fans.
Appearning at Urban Outfitters in downtown Manhattan on Thursday, May 30, 2013 - an excited crowd of dedicated fans turned up to hear Charli perform a handful of songs from her debut CD, purchase a copy of True Romance and have the artist herself sign it for them.
You could feel the anticipation in the air as Charli hit the stage and launched into some of the most recognizable tracks from her album.
Her voice, style and image was everything you might have expected from an artist who initial imprint on the musicial landscape has created the waves it has so far.
The neon lighting from behind cast a brilliant glow over her, perfectly capturing the electricity felt throughout her audience.
Check out one of her performances on this day - the heartbreakingly powerful "Stay Away"
Although the crowd was packed in tightly, the more intimate setting was well suited for this less-amplified, slightly more stripped down performance.
What shone through was this artists relaxed yet professional approach, combined with a sincere and heartfelt delivery that displayed a clear affection for the songs she has written.
Following the performance, the audience eagery lined up for an opportunity to meet Charli and have their freshly purchased True Romance CD's signed.
The ample and open space in the store allowed her to move about freely as she greeted her fans.
Charli enjoyed more than a few laughs and grins with everyone there for her.
One writes the songs - the other writes about those songs. And so the cycle continues.
A mere 24 hours later it was time to do it all over again, as Charli XCX kicked off her solo tour with a performance at The Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn.
Supporting Charli on this leg of the tour was a female fronted pop band called Little Daylight
I enjoyed their 80's influenced dance pop, and thought the singer attractive and stylish (though my female companion show attendee was not nearly as impressed).
They reminded me (at times) of Blondie at their most dance-oriented period - or even the 80's band Animotion. As far as I was concerned, they served as a perfect warm-up for the main attraction.
While waiting for the Headliner to come on, it was a bit of fun just looking around at the crowd and seeing the anticipation on everyone's faces.
As well as taking a snapshot of my friend Kristina's totally awesome tattoo.
Finally the moment had come, and Charli and band took to the stage under hushed lighting.
The blue lights of Glasslands created a mysterious backdrop for Charli's "lightsabre" lit mic stand.
For this full performance there were more keyboards and a complete drum set.
Initially she wore a floral print shirt over her trademark midriff top and plaid schoolgirl skirt.
The neon lit microphone stand created interesting visual effects and served as a capable prop for her to engaged with.
The band and overall sound was exceptional quality, and Charli's reputation for high-energy performances was proven accurate with each successive song.
Have a look and listen here:
The unbridled joy expressed in “Take My Hand” explodes with a plea to go out and enjoy the night. “Why you gotta to sleep? Don’t go to sleep – let’s go out” The hook that follows captures the spirit and vibe of classic 80’s dance tracks like Madonna ’s “ Holiday .” “Baby put your hands on my hands – dance with your lips on my lips.” You can hear the audience singing along with every word.
Basking in the glow
Embracing everyone along for the ride
Early enough into the set, Charli lost the overshirt and dazzled the audience with one brilliant album track after another.
This one in particular had everyone singing along and bouncing up and down in celebration:
“You (Ha Ha Ha)” might possibly be the catchiest earworm you’ll ever get stuck in your head. By writing lyrics for and singing over the electronic world-music instrumental track by Gold Panda, Charli managed to develop something already great into a complete, fully realized anthem.
An accomplished songwriter and performer.
A big sound is produced from keyboards, drums and voice. The promise of added guitars in the future is an enticing prospect.
Moving to the music
Appealing to the crowd
Having full command of the room.
It's hard to imagine a rising artist of this calibre ever playing this size room again. Surely the next level will be established, whenever she returns to New York.
Earlier in the month I conducted a telephone interview with Charli, and you can read the results of that (along with more song reviews) at this link here: