One of the UK's brightest new talents Charlotte Jane has just released her brand new EP 'Refuge'.
The EP represents a striking statement of Charlotte's growing confidence as an artist. The picture of facing up to ourselves is one she paints in vivid colours through five songs about insecurity, sincerity and truth.
The title single 'Refuge' beams a spotlight upon Charlotte Jane as one to watch. Stylistically she's brave enough to pull the curtain back on the song's production, which not only lays her vocal bare, but also exposes the hurt and vulnerability of her lyrics. It reveals a worldly wisdom from an artist who is just 23 years old, a trait that’s complemented by a voice that possesses a maturity that belies her young age.
“At its core ‘Refuge’ is about the frustration of wanting to love and support someone through a tough time, but how you can’t force someone to open up to you. Especially when it’s a mental health struggle or aftershocks from a past trauma, supporting someone can feel like a spectator sport sometimes. You can see the pain playing out but you can’t get involved unless they invite you. I thought I was writing it about other people, then realised I could, subconsciously, be talking to myself.”
The accompanying video is directed by B2creativ, aka Sam Barnham & Bradley Boorman and employs gorgeous cinematography to symbolically bring those sentiments to life.
As she continues,
“Running through forests and wading through swamps felt like a great depiction of the assault course of life. I wanted to also make a statement about being fierce, feminine, strong, beautiful and emotional all at once by attacking whatever was in my path whilst wearing the biggest, fluffiest ball gown I could find.”
Charlotte's recent singles 'Down Days' and 'Get It Right' have asserted her growing reputation. Subsequent airplay at both Radio 1 and 2 has magnified her huge crossover potential and added to the attention she earner following shows with the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Jess Glynne. The EP is completed by 2 other songs. The falling-in-love user’s manual of ‘Baby Steps’ sets the purity of Charlotte Jane’s voice to synthesised strings, before the set ends on a high when she’s joined by Jordan Mackampa for the sumptuous closing harmonies of ‘Reassure Me’.
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