CharlestheFirst delivers experimental bass with the LP “SOLUS” via the label without a name [LISTEN]
After three years since his last full-length album CharlestheFirst returns with his third album, JUST. The work is a liberation through Label with no name, which also features CharlestheFirst’s 2018 album, Ascent.
Over 13 tracks, the album remains cohesive and at the same time retains the variety of sounds and emotions. SOLUS features deep dub, psychedelic, glitchy, atmospheric and sometimes eerie bass while expanding on the hip-hop influence that was found in previous CharlestheFirst works.
The deep frequencies of deep dub are most pronounced in “Foreboding Feeling” with the California-based producer Potionswhich was also featured on the Ascent album. “Fleeting Memories” offers dreamy and glitchy bass with subtle breakbeats and a healthy dose of bass in the second half of the song.
The real highlight of SOLUS, however, are the vocal-driven R&B tracks like “Figured U Out” and “For Now”. This seems like a natural evolution for CharlestheFirst, whose music has long been influenced by hip hop. While some previous CTF songs featured limited vocals, this album accommodates lyrics in ways that we haven’t seen at CharlestheFirst.
Besides the bass-heavy moments like in “Prophecy” and “Undoing” kLL sMTH, SOLUS offers intimate moments in “For Now” and (a personal favorite) “Figured U Out”.
CharlestheFirst visits Instagram to share a message about the vulnerability behind work:
so lus / ˈsōləs /
Alone or unaccompanied (mainly used as a director)
This is a story of the lonely journey, a pilgrimage to previously unknown places. A time of challenges that represent growth and ultimately looking at your true self in the mirror. A story of loneliness. A story of sunrises seen and felt. A story in which you hold on to love and let go of it. This is Solus, a gift from me to you. I am thrilled to finally be able to publish this work, I hope you like it 🖤
Hear the sound journey of the CharlestheFirst here.
CharlestheFirst – Lone
Photo credit: Maya Tihtiyas