Charles James & The Rise play ramblin’ atmospheric folk influenced by the sounds of early Americana, roots, and their home county of Donegal, Ireland.
Performing as a duo live they seek to expand their sound in the studio with the concept of The Rise. A variety of musicians are enlisted to explore all avenues with the songs.
Their debut EP ‘Long Way From Here’ was released in 2019, and garnered airplay across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and America.
The upcoming single “The Elephants” will be released in March with their debut album following in the Summer of 2023.
About the song/behind the lyrics –
The Elephants was inspired by the loss of my father in late 2020 and the journey that followed. The grief and hopelessness that follows an unexpected death is expressed throughout the song.
The weight of the elephant on your chest is depression and anxiety and the paralysis you can feel on an almost daily basis. Anybody listening to the song will hopefully recognise that we may all have our Elephant at different points in our lives but there is always hope and you are not alone.
Musical Influences –
Writing influences include Kris Kristofferson, Dylan, and John Prine as well as more
contemporary songwriters such as Jason Isbell, Damien Rice, and Brandi Carlile.
Musically the band is influenced by the Laurel Canyon sound of the 60s, the interwoven harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel as well as the idea of the old Irish kitchen sing-song.
Recorded: Blast Furnace Recording Studio, Derry
Producer: Orri McBrearty (Rosie Carney, Dark Tropics, Chanele McGuinness)
Mixed: Orri McBrearty
Mastered: Richard Dowling at WAV Mastering, Limerick
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