Known as the frontman for Raw Meat favourites Enemy of the People and Broken Soundtracks, Charlie Sundown is releasing his solo debut with London indie, Roadkill Records. Midnight Awakes is a jazz-tinged smokey blues-fest, with Sundown's songwriting keeping it interesting and stopping it from leering towards guitarist-solo-project territory.
Although Sundown harks back to the jazz guitar projects of the sixties, to us laymen the album begs for barefoot slowdances across wooden floors in same the way as Leonard Cohen or the mellower moments of King Kahn & The Shrines.
He tells us, “I'd been writing songs with a late night, jazz and blues influence and I wanted to capture the live sound of a band playing together in a room with a nocturnal darkness inspired by Mickey Baker, Kenny Burrell and Angelo Badalamenti. I've been listening to a lot of instrumental guitar albums of the 50s and 60s and Midnight Awakes has been imbued with a warmth and depth true to those eras which was captured so beautifully by Brian O'Shaughnessy at Bark Studios in Walthamstow."
Featuring Santiago Horro on double bass, Chris Davy on drums, Alex Ward on soprano sax and Jez Leather on lap steel, Midnight Awakes is out 27.11.20 via Roadkill Records.