New Release: Charlie Winston – ‘Running Still’ + Exclusive Interview

 

If there’s one thing, folks can’t say that British singer Charlie Winston is without personality or spirit. His songs are heartfelt and rooted in a very real place that can be found relatable for many. This week he released his sophomore album, Running Still, and we were lucky enough to catch up with the insightful artist to get a little closer to where he’s coming from.

Folks looking to preview a bit more of the sounds below can find a free stream and download for “Where Can I Buy Happiness?” Also, the full album stream is available for the listening on AOL.

Giant Step: What’s the story behind your first single, “Hello Alone?”

Charlie Winston: This was a song that got started many years ago. The chorus, that is. I wrote it awhile back, inspired by listening to a lot of Tom Waits at the time. So it was written more like old countryman’s blues, but I wanted to give it a little more soul now that I was thinking of it for my record. It talks about the paradoxical feelings behind the ending of a relationship. On one hand, you can feel sad to be alone again, whereas on the other hand, there is something liberating about only having to answer to yourself again. The way I describe it in the song is as if “Alone” is an old friend whom you hoped you’d gotten rid of, but there he is again, on your doorstep… and after a little time, you remember he knows you better than anyone.

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New Tracks: Charlie Winston – “Hello Alone” & “Speak To Me”

 

Gearing up for his upcoming US release of Running Still on January 29, English singer-songwriter Charlie Winston today releases two singles to give you a taste of exactly what all the noise is about across the pond.

The catchy and upbeat “Hello Alone” comes with the quirky and endearing video above, following Charlie along his bizarre escapades around town, including an interlude with some pink lip gloss.

Below, take a listen to “Speak To Me” and get a taste for the variety in the versatile artist’s repertoire. The vocal styling on this grittier, more lo-fi type track reminds us a bit of Fat Freddy’s Drop – a good thing indeed.

The 12-track album is said to boast a “straight-talking lyricism” that does more than make you boogie:

“My sole objective on the album,” Winston explains, “was to be able to engage people’s feet first and slowly rise to the mind,” he says. “So by the time they get absorbed in the lyrics, they’re fully engaged but realize there’s something more going on.”

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Interview: King Britt Talks New Projects + NYC Le Bain Party on 10/15

 

Our upcoming Monday night with the legendary King Britt is just around the corner. As King prepares for what sure to be an all night booty rocking affair, we catch up with the man himself about what’s been moving him of late.

More details on the party after the jump.

Giant Step: What’s your typical day been looking like of late? we know you’re always doing interesting things.

King Britt: Well, I try my best to be pretty organized. I’m lucky to be home through the week Mon-Thurs to work in the studio. I just recently did a remix for Cat Power, Arc in Round and Manuel Tur. Then weekends I fly out to do gigs or check my daughter on campus.

GS: When we checked in with you earlier, you mentioned that you’ve been working “on a number of very interesting projects at the moment.” We’d love to hear more about them!

KB: Yes, as I mentioned, just did some remixes. Recently, completed a few commissions, one an album for the DataGarden label, which is part sound design part experimental music, out now on their label. Two, I just completed a ‘sound art’ commission for Bowerbird as part of Design Philadelphia, which is a sonic interpretation of Jim Sanborn’s Ars Menendi sculpture.

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