“Charlev” follows a string of projects from Coates, including his recent interpretation of John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky, the collaborative Remain Calm album with Mica Levi, and his work contributing to the recordings of Laurel Halo and Jonny Greenwood’s scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Phantom Thread.
“Charlev” sees Coates expand from the electronic leanings of his 2016 album Upstepping, layering haunted synth patterns and a pulsing kick around a folk melody. We're told that it "marks the beginning of much more original music to come."
Visual artist and filmmaker Leah Walker visualizes the frenetic energy of “Charlev” in her video portrait of Cuba. “Instinctually, with visuals, I want to compliment music with a kind of synesthesia. Maybe it’s like love at first sight, that music and image can be fully unrelated but connect so much. Cuba was an accidental base for the video, so I just felt through what I was seeing, scrapbook-style,” says Walker of the video.
“Charlev” is available on digital formats and platforms now via RVNG Intl. You can also stream it now via the player above.