As Charli xcx getting ready for the release of their fifth album crash in 2022 – a record that will see her make a full-fledged return to booming, high-octane pop – she’ll take Vogue behind the scenes of a music star’s everyday life. Here she walks us through her return to live performance in London after a predominantly locked-down pandemic in the United States, in which she performs her period-defining album, “How I’m Feeling Now,” written and published in a six week deadline. period in spring and summer 2020.
Arriving in London for the first time in two years seemed almost foreign to me. A place that I used to frequent so often suddenly felt like a whole new playground, a whole new city that I haven’t slept in, where I took rides and where I am. created memories. As nightlife havens around the world slowly began to reopen and the basement dance floors started to get sticky again, it was almost poetic that I returned to my hometown to give a performance. live from an album made in five weeks at the height of lockdown, when walking through crowds and shouting merrily at each other just wasn’t an option – an illicit pastime of the past that then seemed so far removed from the new isolated reality we have found ourselves trapped in.
I had been very careful in my travels over the past few years, having only left the United States once in June 2021 to travel to London for work. The comeback last month was completely different, probably in part because of the massive influx of friends and collaborators in the span of a week. Strangely enough, this trip felt like our homecoming, with multiple birthdays, parties and exquisite live performances, all of which helped add to the city’s already festive atmosphere.
I already knew that going back on stage in London was going to be an out of body experience. My big titles are always electric, I give everything. I let go of every molecule of energy in my body and leave everything on stage. I won’t lie: I’m a fucking star when I play. Of course everyone has their own tastes, but if you like the kind of music I do, then honestly no one can do it better than me. And I knew that in London, after the pandemic, in a small sweating room with constant strobe lights and endless clouds of smoke, the show I was about to do was going to be emotionally overwhelming. and totally breathtaking.