BC Camplight is the nom de plume of Brian Christinzio who released two solid and promising albums in the mid to late 2000s. Then he seemingly disappeared and was not heard from for quite some time. Then, after a move to Manchester, England. the native New Jersey singer-songwriter emerged in 2015 with his best record yet, How To Die In the North, released on the Bella Union label. Recorded over many years, this album lyrical displays in detail the struggles Brian had been working through over the past eight years, all the while wearing his power-pop influences on his sleeve. While the music was coated in layers of dark low-fi production, Brian’s guitar and falsetto still cut a path like a morning sun through the thick fog.
The opening track from this album, You Should’ve Gone To School is one of my favorites, sounding at once ominous and buoyant. It even features a video with Felix The Cat.