Charli XCX describes herself and her music as Goth-pop, but this new track from the 19-yea- old Londoner has all the ingredients to be a big hit, regardless of any black-lipstick wearing tendencies. One of my favourite blogs, Abeano, described this as the sounds of Marina & The Diamonds cloaked in the darkness of Zola Jesus, and I find no reason to disagree. Charli XCX can hit those high notes, but maintains a powerful, throaty delivery that lends “Nuclear Winter” more weight and darkness than say, an Ellie Goulding hit. Moreover, I doubt Miss Goulding ever said this about any of her songs.

“Nuclear Seasons’ is about a sense of decay. Whether it be the decaying of love, the decaying of life or the decaying of a period of time. Its about being lost and frozen and surviving. Its about being on your own and feeling magic alive when you come through the other side.”

Charli XCX’s debut album will be out early next year, but for the meantime, feast your ears upon “Nuclear Seasons” below, and head over to her website to download it in exchange for an email address.

Charli XCX – “Nuclear Seasons”