CHARLES WATSON (SLOW CLUB)+ SIVU + COTTER

“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

Charles Watson – the London based songwriter/producer/writer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines –  recently released ‘No Fanfare’, his debut solo material.

The beautifully wistful ‘No Fanfare’ effortlessly evolves from stripped back guitars to a warm, almost wall of sound crescendo.

“With ‘No Fanfare’ we had to wrestle a bit more than on other songs,” explains Watson. “We all kept switching around instruments and arrangements, leaving it and then coming back to it. The final version was centred around three acoustic guitars and me doing a live guitar and vocal in porch of the studio. There’s lots of repeated imagery across the record and ‘No Fanfare’ is kind of the point at which all the lyrical themes come together.”

A former writing student of Central St Martins and The Faber Academy, Watson uses his own fiction writing as a spring board for his lyrics, a method he has used for his previous records. His new solo material takes inspiration from the reoccurring themes and language of the JG Ballard novel ‘Hello America’. The track was co-produced by Watson with longtime collaborator David Glover at Tesla Studios in Sheffield and features a hand-picked band, including Guillemot‘s Fyfe Dangerfield and Paul Rafferty

Charles Watson Links: Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Abandoned Buick’ below:


Plus support from SIVU

Sivu returned last year with the stunning ‘Childhood House’ – his first new material in over two years and an introduction to his forthcoming second album Sweet Sweet Silent (Square Leg Records).

Mixing stately piano, haunting vocals and ethereal electronics, ‘Childhood House’ looks back on the relative safety of your family home, and considers how far you’ve come (also asking if you’d have known where life would take you thereafter, whether you’d have ever left). It’s a starkly beautiful introduction to Sivu’s second album, with ‘Childhood House’ written in the most barren terrains of northern Scotland and finished back in London with long-term producer (and now label-partner) Charlie Andrew (the Brit-Award-winner behind the likes of Alt-J and Marika Hackman).

Sivu Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Childhood House’ below:


This is Cotter. Having spent large portions of youth in and out of various bands, this Birmingham born singer songwriter decided to step out alone. With years filled with love, loss, happiness, and dreams, the songs flowed naturally. Crafted with strong lyrics to make you think, make you speak, make you laugh, and make you cry, emotion is at the heart of it all. This is Cotter. Welcome to my mind.

Cotter Links: Soundcloud |Facebook | Twitter

Watch ‘Vacant below: