Laura McCluskey

Slow Club’s Charles Watson announces debut solo album ‘Now That I’m A River’

Slow Club’s own Charles Watson has been in the middle of recording his new solo debut album, Now That I’m A River, for a little while. Recent release ‘No Fanfare’ spoke of Watson employing similar methods seen in both Slow Club and his other band The Surfing Magazines.

This new track however is something entirely different, as Watson himself explains “The band Mates Of State left a Yamaha YC30 at the Moshi Moshi Records HQ a few years ago and somehow I’ve ended up babysitting the thing,”

He continues “I love this thing so much. The fuzz setting through a Fender amp is basically the most pleasing sounding thing I’ve ever heard. That’s what does the riff on ‘Abandoned Buick’. Thanks Mates Of State, please don’t come back for it.” It’s a truly precious sound and feels warm and fuzzy, like one would imagine morphine to feel.

The album was co-produced by Watson with David Glover in Sheffield, with some extra help from musical pals Fyfe Dangerfield (The Guillemots) and Paul Rafferty (Hot Club De Paris) rooted in literary notes the album “takes inspiration from the reoccuring themes and language of JG Ballard novel Hello America.”

This all marks this new LP out for something special, intriguing and intelligent. We can’t wait, but for now listen and love ‘Abandoned Buick’.

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