Charli XCX Is “Over” ‘Sucker,’ Says She’s Working On An Electronic Party Album
Charli XCX has a creative restlessness that’s apparent to anyone who has followed her career path. She started out in rave culture, then carved out a dark, wavy pop niche for herself that was so identifiable she gave “I Love It” to Icona Pop because it clashed with that aesthetic. On second album Sucker, she reframed her sound into bratty, brash mall-pop. And now she says she’s ready to move on yet again, this time going down a party-inspired electronic path — which makes sense since she’s collaborating with SOPHIE on some of this new material.
“It’s going to be so different from the last album. It’s going to be the most pop thing, and the most electronic thing I’ve done,” the British singer told i-D. “This always happens, the second I put out the previous record I’m always over it.”
She then clarified that that doesn’t mean she’s wiping her hands clean of Sucker or her prior work, saying, “I’ve been over it since we released it. But it’s fine, I’m not like, ‘Oh God I hate this’, but I always want to move on to the next thing, I want to continue creating.”
And the main driver of these latest creations is partying, an inevitable factor when it comes to Charli XCX music. “[Partying is] important. I think it’s inspiring, especially with this next record,” she told the fashion mag. “People always dismiss it but it’s such a big part of everyone’s life.”
Unfortunately, we may have to wait a while to hear Charli’s latest iteration, as she hopes to release some of her songs with SOPHIE next year. For more on her creative process and how she feels about Justin Bieber, read the full interview at i-D.