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.
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.
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.”
Purchase "Hello Alone" and "Speak To Me" on iTunes
Pre-Order Running Still on iTunes
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Retro soul singer Charlie Winston not too long ago dropped his sophomore album in Canada, Running Still, and is currently blazing across Europe. Crazy to think that he started writing songs at the age of twelve!
In the video for "Where Can I Find Happiness," follow Charlie as he tours around town looking to connect and find joy. The songs reminds us a bit of Fitz and the Tantrums or Fink.