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For their fifth album, avant-pop band Micachu and the Shapes have changed their name to Good Sad Happy Bad and shuffled the lineup with keyboardist Raisa Khan stepping into the lead vocalist/songwriter role, composer Mica Levi handling guitar and electronics, Mark Pell on percussion, and multi-instrumentalist CJ Calderwood joining the group as a new addition. There is familiarity in the charming experimentation the group has mastered over the years, with Calderwood’s sax accentuating the dissonance and wooziness that play off the album’s deceptively sweet melodies. Yet Khan’s bright vocals and lyrical content graph a fresh direction on Shades, revealing clarity in the disjointedness. –Emily Nokes

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This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe now!

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