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Charles Watson

Now That I’m A River


signed cd

Released: 18th May 2018


lp + downloaD

Released: 18th May 2018


Charles Watson – the London based songwriter/producer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines – announces the release of his debut solo record.

‘Abandoned Buick’ came about through a chance introduction to a Yamaha YC30. “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,” explains Watson on the making of the track. “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.” Not only is this Watson’s solo debut but it also marks his first foray into production. Exploring his relationship with traditional harmony singing, Watson worked with sampled versions of his own voice to create unusual vocal textures. 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 also used for his previous records. The new album takes inspiration from the reoccurring themes and language of the JG Ballard novel 'Hello America'. Now That I’m A River 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 Hot Club De Paris' Paul Rafferty. Rozi Plain and members of The Deep Throat Choir and Trashkit also make an appearance on the album title track 'Now That I'm A River'.

Now That I’m A River


  1. Voices Carry Through The Mist
  2. Now That I'm A River
  3. You've Got Your Way Of Leaving
  4. Love Is Blue
  5. Wildflower
  6. No Fanfare
  7. Abandoned Buick
  8. Run And Hide
  9. Tapestry
  10. Everything Goes Right

Moshi moshi sampler

  1. Alexis Taylor – I’m Ready
  2. Teleman – Fall In Time
  3. Wesley Gonzalez – Piece of Mind
  4. Sweet Babbo – Wild Imagination
  5. Girl Ray – Trouble
  6. The Surfing Magazines -Lines and Shadows
  7. technology + Teamwork – K+B
  8. Flamingods – Kewali
  9. Anna Meredith – Taken
  10. Pillow Person – Go Ahead
  11. Kiran Leonard – Living With Your Ailments
  12. Meatraffle – Brother
  13. Meilyr Jones – Refugees