The US angst-rock creator Charlie Mess was introduced last year.
Charlie Mess – Double Space – artwork
With quite different paint brushes the newest LP to surface, which came out earlier this month and available on bandcamp, Double Space is a roughly thirty eight minutes nine track album that minds me of the works of Edvard Munch as the painful realities of life scream through the room akin to descriptors of eviscerating wounds to the mind.
For those who like their music of gentle waves, probably not only is the wrong site to be engaged, but also a release to swerve in wide arc. For those of us who like music of raw honesty – set aside the time and turn everything up to full volume and allow the distortion to wreak havoc with the senses.
My pick of the release being the second track – Rhyme.
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Charlie Mess is the new woebegone-folk project of Charlie Meszaros based in Chicago (USA).
The introspective isolationism of the inner-workings of the mind of Charlie Mess seeps across the floor akin to congealing blood plasma forming gloopy stunted flows. Reflecting of the sense of a world in which individual units have become silos of isolation theoretically connected through tubes of electro-currents and blips on social media pages there is an eviscerating honesty to the raw jagged edges of the sound that remind of lacerations self-inflicted by a blunt rusty knife.
Not seeking to provide any finesse to the lo-fi production Charlie Mess has been able to reveal a ten track LP They Don’t Want You which was released on the 11th (available on bandcamp).
As regular readers know I am always fully supportive of musicians who hang their essential being out for inspection and Charlie Mess certainly delivers on this front. The specious comments on the quality of the compositions and the ‘self-pity’ with which this will undoubtedly be met, are perhaps more a reflection of the make-over mirror in which those who will be loudly scornful actually also feel if they were honest with themselves as they ponder the stannous thread by which they seek to fit into a world at which they feel at odds, than genuine criticism.
Yes – the tracks are raw and the flatness of pitch noticeable, however… it is this very fragility that, to me, makes Charlie Mess a creator with much of value to offer and I thank him for adding much to the world of music and life in general and am pleased he has found a means of communicating from his sense of hopeless isolation.
From the album – I’m Off To Find Me.
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