Charlotte Carpenter ‘Shelter’ – Video Premiere
Northamptonshire-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter is a fast rising songstress, her material has a welcome abrasive edge, and yet subtlety arches back to reveal a blues influence.
Louder Than War first caught her live at the High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds back in November 2016, since then Charlotte has gained national radio airplay from Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Tom Robinson & Lauren Laverne (6music), Edith Bowman (Virgin Radio) and strong support from indie and major publications such as CLASH, NME, Line of Best Fit, and The 405
With endless touring alongside the likes of George Ezra and Marika Hackman she has finely honed her stagecraft; these shows have won her considerable acclaim and demonstrate exactly why she is generating such press attention; Charlotte both an exceptional guitarist and singer, with a song writing talent that is way beyond her young years and life. She’s the true embodiment of blues; out there, doing it on her own, taking her music and stories to the people across the UK and Europe, managing her own affairs, choosing her own destiny. This isn’t some ‘strong woman’ cliché; this is just how Charlotte deals with the burning desire to express within music. It isn’t a choice, it’s just something she has to do…
As such Louder Than War is delighted to be able to premiere the video to her new 4trk EP ‘Shelter’ – scheduled fro release on the 20th October via her own imprint, Let It Go Records on Ltd Edition Signed 10” vinyl (Shop), and download.
When we spoke to Charlotte about ‘Shelter’ she advised “I began writing this song at a service station last year on tour…as I drove in I could see these huge, beautiful trees towering over me and in that moment the word ‘Shelter’ came to me. I started to think of the ways we could feel shelter by something rather than from something and slowly this song started to take form.”
“Musically, Shelter fell into a guitar driven song and by the time it was finished I’d realised it had a James Bond feel I wasn’t expecting at all!!” before adding “When we started the recording process we sort of looked that feel in the face and wanted to make it as cinematic as possible, and see the track as different scenes as well as a song. I wanted it to feel intense, desperate and give the listener a sense of yearning. I adore what we did with chamberlain section towards the end, it becomes really uneasy and probably why I feel like I’ve written some sort of unofficial Bond number.”
In relation to the vide Charlotte explained “The video for Shelter represents my personal journey of liberation of being a woman and a musician. It’s a long road, and when there’s life in one hand and a business in the other it can be sometimes hard to juggle but gradually you feel that confidence seeping in, where you know exactly what it is you want. I really wanted that to be conveyed on screen, so I pushed myself to perform in a way I haven’t before”.
Charlotte is promoting the ‘Shelter’ EP with a full UK tour which concludes with a date at the prestigious St Pancras Old Church in London, her biggest headline show to date.
Thursday 5th October – The Bodega Nottingham (with Sam Brookes)
Friday 6th October – CCA, Glasgow (with Jarrod Dickenson)
Sunday 8th October – BBC Amplify
Monday 23rd October – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Tuesday 24th October – Open, Norwich
Wednesday 25th October – Star Inn, Guildford
Thursday 26th October – Record Junkee, Sheffield
Friday 27th October – The Cookie, Leicester
Sunday 29th October – Surf Cafe, Tynemouth (free entry)
Wednesday 1st November – St Pancras Old Church, London
Tickets for all dates are available now.