Be Charlotte – ‘Machines That Breathe’ [Kobalt Label Services/Last Night From Glasgow]

Be Charlotte is a young and idiosyncratic songwriter from Dundee, with a fondness for oversize glasses and retro Adidas jackets.

Her new single ‘Machines That Breathe’ unfolds as a series of breathless questions over gigantic drums – “how can you play guitar with a broken arm?” ,“how can you live your life on repeat?” – before taking a strange detour into wonky folktronica and a floor shaking chorus.

Despite her young age, Charlotte has recorded and performed for BBC Introducing as well as playing the corresponding stage at T in the Park, flitting between singing, rapping and bashing drums, over musical backdrops that burst from minimal electronic beats into stadium sized pop.

The song itself might suggest that we’re all just machines that breathe but Charlotte is anything but robotic, undermining any suspicions that her quirkiness might be a tad studied by displaying a knack for thought provoking images that compare and contrast with an irrepressible chorus.

Produced by Be Charlotte and Marcus Mackay (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol), watch out for plenty more from Charlotte very soon.

Words: Max Sefton

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