Wednesday 14 October 2020

LISTEN: Charli Adams - 'Didn't Make It'

I've been listening to this one quite a bit over the last week - Charli Adams is a new name for me, but I'm really enjoying Didn't Make It, the lead single taken from her upcoming debut album Bullseye, due for release in 2021 on Color Study. The record name, rather casually, comes from a nickname given to Charli by Justin Vernon (yup, that one) while they played darts following a chance meeting at a Nashville dive bar... oh, America. The nickname took hold among friends, representing a more liberated version of Charli following a conservative upbringing in Alabama. The record's tracks document this coming of age and if this first track is anything to go by, it's going to be pretty special. 

Talking on the new single, Charli explains - "I wrote Didn't Make It about trying way too hard to be with someone and cutting your losses. When there's memories and nostalgia tied to someone it's hard to let go and accept it for what it is. I was stuck on a loop with this guy when we were 17 and we just kept fucking it up."

"I love a song with hidden references (even if I'm the only one who knows it's there), so "You were racing in the streets" is a reference to my favourite Bruce Springsteen song and "We were kids we broke the chain" is a reference to Fleetwood Mac. Growing up I was basically only exposed to what was on the radio in the 2000s and it wasn't until this relationship that I discovered the classics."

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