Charlotte Hatherley: The Deep Blue
Indie darling steps out from her former band’s shadow
Opening track ‘Costeau’ signals that, Toto, we’re not in Camden anymore. For her second album, everything has changed. Charlotte’s is a lush and spectral world, painted in the magic-realist colours of Kate Bush, and nailed down with the skewed college-pop dynamics of ’90s indie darlings such as Throwing Muses and Belly. If a theme runs through ‘The Deep Blue’ it’s taking control of your own destiny. And while that means the defiant jerk-pop likes of ‘I Want You To Know’, it’s also the delicate insecurity of ‘Roll Over (Let It Go)’.
That title, by the way, doesn’t just mean jumping off the deep end: there’s a dense richness to most of the songs here that makes it an album that reveals more tricks and truths the longer you navigate.
So thanks are due to Tim Wheeler. When he drafted in a sultry axewoman all those years ago, who would have known he
was going a long way to creating a lasting star?
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