A few months back I was raving about Charity Children and their stunning debut single. Elizabeth went on to win Best Song at the Berlin Music Video Awards and has been breaking hearts ever since. The wait for another song has admittedly kept me up nights; but worry not, it’s here.
Empty Vicious Nights is another deeply personal message which touches on the feeling internal dread as a relationship silently spins out of control. The lyrics amplify the mind running wild with dark thoughts as suspicions turn into an enclosed madness. I think the band’s summary really drives the meaning home:
Worse than the pain of knowing, is to not. ‘Empty Vicious Nights’ is a tale of a housewife’s descent into madness as she questions her husband’s fidelity. Thick, pulsating strings and hypnotic beat drive the anguished vocals to crescendo – as the song builds, sanity departs.
Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee have found something in each other. Something rare and beautiful. In a time of cookie cutter bands with rented sounds, Charity Children do more than break the mold. Their synergy drives their sound and any thought of genre or type is lost once you hear the music.
Empty Vicious Nights is the second single from Charity Children’s debut LP The Autumn Came, due out July 11 via Berlin’s Money Records. If the first two songs are any indication, we can expect more heartbreak and soul-searching ahead. You can preorder the album over at bandcamp. Something I strongly encourage everyone to do.
Blog mates over at Alphabet Bands may have introduced me to one of the breakout bands of the year and the next big thing… I just had to share with my readers. Oh mighty wind!! Charity Children have that immediate chemistry that cannot be explained. And I’ve had this feeling before; when I first heard bands like Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, alt-J. See a trend? Yea, they’re all blown up or currently blowing up.
This song… ahh! Elizabeth is certainly one of the more heartbreaking experiences of recent memory; one that is sure to resonate deeply and painfully with so many. The strained harmonies of Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee combine with an ambitious wave of instrumentation that hits with such astonishing force you will literally feel the breath escaping from your gaping mouth. Sincere and transparent lyrics are driven by a sweet, folky energy that captures what it means to be alive. Life’s difficult lessons are not lost in Elizabeth, yet are belted in a triumphant exclamation.
Charity Children are based in Berlin and will surely be spreading their reach far across the globe in the coming months. Currently, all we have from these two is the distinct privilege of enjoying this truly beautiful song over and over again. Though, I do not expect this group to remain quiet for long. Elizabeth is available for free download from the group’s SoundCloud page.
Stellar music video ATJ…