Charlie Lim has announced a brand-new single with Aisyah Aziz titled ‘Won’t You Come Around’.
The duet by the two Singaporeans, which will feature lyrics in English and Malay, will be released on Friday, January 22 with a music video soon to follow.
Lim and Aisyah debuted the bilingual single at the former’s headlining concert at Marina Bay Sands last December. Lim describes ‘Won’t You Come Around’ as a love song “about understanding that the search for ‘real love’ doesn’t exist – it’s about what you build together over time.”
The single arrives on the heels of a prolific 2020 for Lim, in which he collaborated with artists around Asia – including Singapore’s Linying and Gentle Bones, Philippines’ Clara Benin (on a new version of her song ‘Wine’ on the EP ‘Fragments’), and Japanese artists Miho Fukuhara and Kan Sano.
‘Won’t You Come Around’ was originally co-written with pianist Chok Kerong, who performs with the singer-songwriter in Charlie Lim and The Mothership. Lim decided the song would work as a duet, reaching out to Aziz to collaborate.
“Even though the production is quite modern, I felt like the mood of the song was reminiscent of an old soul ballad, and thought Aisyah would be perfect,” says Lim. “She’s so expressive and her tone and phrasing [make] her one of the best singers in our generation, and everything she brought to the table just fit so effortlessly.”
It was during the production process that the decision to include Malay lyrics was made. “Neither of us planned it to be that way but when we were in the studio tracking the demo, it felt instinctive for me to start [in Malay],” said Aziz in a press release.
The music video – set to premiere on Jan 25 at 9pm via Charlie Lim’s YouTube page – was directed by longtime collaborator Jonathan Choo, who last worked with Lim on the music video for ‘Welcome Home’.