Chartreuse – Midnight Oil
Black Country 4 piece Chartreuse, have today graced the world with their new single ‘Midnight Oil’, along with the news of their debut EP. So far not much is known of the soulful Birmingham band, with currently only 2 previous releases online. However, with them signing to [PIAS] and being managed by Lucy Rose, you know we’re in for a treat.
‘Midnight Oil’ is the second track off their soon to be released EP ‘Even Free Money Doesn’t Get Me Out Of Bed’. ‘Midnight Oil’ is soulful, thoughtful and ambient. The atmospheric nature of this song means it is perfect for those rainy days, sat in doors contemplating life with a cup of tea. It’s a sound that roughly orbits the alt-country shaped textures of Lambchop, the unhurried grandeur of Nick Cave, and the life-affirming unity of The National. The harmonies between the two vocals of Harriet Wilson and Michael Wagstaff are truly mesmerizing, really reaffirming Chartreuse’s uniqueness. ‘Midnight Oil’ is a song that is in no hurry to reveal itself, showing new layers one by one, carefully expanding to reward the listener. The sonics of this song show off a fusion of genres, such as folk, soul and Jazz, which makes me really excited about Chartreuse’s future releases.
Vocalist Harriet Wilson explained the meaning behind ‘Midnight Oil’ ‘Midnight Oil is one of the first songs we wrote, and one of our most treasured. The foundations of it were written a while ago now, when we had a lock-up in Birmingham for all our instruments and amps. We were practicing for a tour and getting to the lock up first thing in the morning when it opened, and leaving again at 11pm when it closed.’
‘Free Money Doesn’t Get Me Out Of Bed’ is released via [PIAS] on the 1st of November. You can also check them out the road. Chartreuse are playing with Puma Blue on 30th October at EartH (London), or you can catch them for free on the 4th November – Latest Music Bar (Brighton), 5th November – Folklore (London) and 6th November – Hare and Hounds (Birmingham).