I think one of the things I appreciate so much about this song by VULFPECK is how close this feels to falling off the rails at any moment. Of course it’s a perfect take, and they most likely went over the song 18,320 times, but the degree of difficulty here gives me goosebumps.
I am an absolute sucker for the use of old-timey samples.
The horn lines of ‘Charlie’ are a mixture of a sampled saxophone I played into Ableton and an instrumental I found online. What inspired me when beginning to produce this song is that opening radio sample. It was from the 1950s post-war America period; Stepford wives, brand new kitchen appliances, the “American dream”. Charlie is a tongue and cheek homage to that period. Those vocals are snippets of an out take recording I made of Georgia van Etten just hours before she was to board a plane to the UK to live indefinitely, the lyrics don’t actually make sense!Alice Ivy