CHARLES WATSON ( SLOW CLUB ) – ” No Fanfare “

Posted: November 18, 2017 in MUSIC
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The Debut solo material from Charles Watson (Slow Club, The Surfing Magazines) “I wanted ‘No Fantare’ to have that feeling, to capture the thing just before it’s perfect, while it’s still human and fun.” Charles Watson

The London based songwriter/producer/writer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines, with members of The Wave Pictures – is flexing his production muscles on this sublime new offering. It’s a grand opening gambit that ramps up and up and up over the course of its five-and-a-half minutes, touching on Beirut during the process and ending on a guitar solo that collapses into disdended lo-fi tranquillity.

Charles debut solo material ‘No Fanfare‘ – a song that effortlessly evolves from stripped back guitars to a warm, almost wall of sound crescendo. a sprawling opus stuffed with quirky synthwork and iridescent brass.

The biggest difference on this record for me is that it’s my producing debut,” Watson says. “I’ve worked with producers in the past but in more of an artist role so this record felt quite different for me. I worked alongside David Glover at Tesla Studios in Sheffield. I set out trying to make no demos and for the whole record to be performances that felt brand new. Intimate and dream-like was the name of the game. I took a few trips away to write words but wrote most of them in the medical library at The Wellcome Collection. It’s free and is very warm in the winter.”

Watson recruited a few pals to play on “No Fanfare”, including Hot Club De Paris’ Paul Rafferty and Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield, which is the first taste of solo material rooted in his literary side that “takes inspiration from the reoccuring themes and language of JG Ballard novel Hello America.”

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