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Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 33:07 minutes | 369 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Stone Woman Music

Light has always been a precious resource in Charlotte Day Wilson’s music. The Toronto singer-songwriter and producer’s vast voice is like a canyon that the sun can’t access; the percolating soul and quiet storm that surround it flicker like candlelight. “I went to a funeral today just so I could feel something,” she sang on “Funeral,” from her 2018 EP Stone Woman. It’s a particularly bitter line in a catalog that has often traced life’s hard edges.

Her debut album, Alpha, is an escape from the twilight. Darkness once consumed Day Wilson, seeping down into the bottom of her lungs. Now, she’s preoccupied with luster and scope. Her voice-and what a voice, deep and passionate, cast in the mold of Anita Baker-feels less crepuscular, less intimate, and more capable of levitating cars and uprooting whole forests.

Fans who have fallen for her powerful charm and weightless soul have been waiting impatiently for this first album. Charlotte Day Wilson’s first two EPs (CDW in 2016 and Stone Woman in 2018) had laid the foundation for a minimalist kind of R & B, refined, with a dash of electro and folk, all carried by a mysterious and bewitching voice… And then the Toronto native really took off with her single Work (boosted by an Apple ad), and found herself embroiled in unmissable projects like Bubba with her compatriot Kaytranada, as well as a collaboration with the group BadBadNotGood. Her new album Alpha brings in this cult jazz-funk trio for I Can Only Whisper. The other much-hyped guest on the record is Syd of The Internet on Take Care Of You. But for all its groovy accoutrements, the real heart of this magnificent album lies in folk music which is no surprise as Charlotte Day Wilson has already declared her love for Joni Mitchell and Blue in particular, and we see shadows of Mitchell’s work here. That 1971 masterpiece does not so much haunt Alpha as spur the young Canadian to open up about her own vulnerabilities. The soul’n’folk blend on Alpha confirms the writer’s uniqueness and rare talent. – Marc Zisman

1. Charlotte Day Wilson – Strangers
2. Charlotte Day Wilson – I Can Only Whisper (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
3. Charlotte Day Wilson – If I Could
4. Charlotte Day Wilson – Lovesick Utopia
5. Charlotte Day Wilson – Mountains
6. Charlotte Day Wilson – Danny’s Interlude
7. Charlotte Day Wilson – Changes
8. Charlotte Day Wilson – Take Care of You (feat. Syd)
9. Charlotte Day Wilson – Keep Moving
10. Charlotte Day Wilson – Wish It Was Easy
11. Charlotte Day Wilson – Adam Complex


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