Charles Watson claims that he has now become a river, but how can that be? Much more believable is that he is a member of both Slow Club and The Surfing Magazines, and that he is now rolling solo on record for the first time. Now That I’m A River is a self-produced album that takes Watson’s literary songwriting into some interesting, sampletastic directions. Out on Moshi Mosh.
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Good to know that Charles is now a river. Good on him. You only get one life etc. Actually this member of Slow Club and Surfing Magazines despite being made of water and reeds etc has made quite a lovely thing here. The title track is gorgeous! It has that laid back singer songwriter vibe to it as if he has soaked up acoustic vibes from the 60s but he soaks it all in the sort of reverb that makes records by the likes of Fleet Foxes so grandiose sounding.
It's indeed a grand sounding thing for summer that reminds me at times of the C Duncan album with hints of the cavernous vintage sound of Broadcast in the production. He's a songwriter though so I'm assuming his main priority is words and melodies rather than sonic explorations and as a result there are plenty of things that sound a little like Elliott Smith in an air hanger and some poetic Brucie emoting. The odd bit slips by without incident but there are some good songs here. The title track and 'No Fanfare' stand out on early listens and because it's sunny outside I'm loving the Seals & Crofts slow moving funk & soul of 'Abandoned Buick'. Actually this is my favourite thing here stretching way out of his comfort zone with some particularly squashy clavinets. Sounding a bit like early Toro Y Moi with the summer sprinkler dash of Real Estate it's a great moment on a pretty good album.
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