“Woman, I’m Crazy” sees a switch in personnel from Chartreuse’s prior releases, with pianist Harriet Wilson taking lead vocals. It’s a charming lament, languid but assured and opting again for the slow-build to the instrumentally explosive. That low-key Autumnal glow is something the band are making their trademark. Unhurried, sparse, and with a wealth of steadily accumulating layers of sound capped by a comforting vocal. It’s now three songs and three varying shades of high promise from this young band from the Black Country.
“Woman, I’m Crazy” launches with a video, filmed in the band’s rehearsal cabin and in the village hall back home in Kinver. Take a watch HERE.
Harriet explains: I wrote ‘Woman, I’m Crazy’ a few years ago when I was thinking negatively about myself. It changes from ‘you’ to ‘I’ throughout the track as I’m speaking to myself as though I was someone else and reassuring my other self that everything will be fine. I am asking my other self if they can feel how I’m feeling as though we’re sat opposite each other having a conversation.”
New EP, “Even Free Money Doesn’t Get Me Out Of Bed”, released on the 1st November, was recorded in Tottenham alongside producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), and features four tracks. The EP is a culmination of the band’s initial writing, figuring out who they wants to be, what they want to say, and then a complete re-shaping of those early sketches, to capture a mood and an atmosphere for their first visit to a studio. It’s a moving, vivid collection of mood songs.
Loosely fronted by the alternate vocals of Michael Wagstaff and Harriet, these are thoughts, feelings and curiosities initially scrawled out on paper scraps, and songs that act as their writers’ own personal therapy. Conceived and sculpted in their rehearsal cabin, less in homage to Justin Vernon than the only quiet room they could realistically find, it’s offered them a private space to seclude themselves away and pour over every detail of their recorded sound.
Chartreuse will support the EP out on the road with three headline dates in Brighton, London and Birmingham, all of which are free entry. Dates are listed below.
30th October – EartH, London (w/ Puma Blue)
3rd November – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
5th November – Folklore, London
6th November – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
17th January 2020 – The Lexington, London (Line of Best Fit’s Five Day Forecast w/ The Districts and Lazarus Kane)