PREMIERE: Charlie Reed drift with the current on intimate debut album ‘Eddy’

There’s plenty of space on the debut album by Chicago’s Charlie Reed. Just as well, because it’s not a solo project; the band consists of no fewer than seven people. You need room to fit them all in, and with members of Illinois bands past and present in the mix (Spread Joy, Twin Peaks, Uh Bones and Divino Niño!), you could certainly call it a supergroup, if you were so inclined.

The record is indeed super – lush, layered, evocative full-band indie folk is the septet’s calling card, backed up by the kind of production you can get lost in. It’s called Eddy, and we’re premiering the whole thing upfront of tomorrow’s release. If you’ve heard the singles then you’ll be glad to hear the album retains the high quality of the likes of ‘Holding On’ and ‘Don’t Drop Me’.

Bandleader Luke Trimble says of the record that he “didn’t sit down with any particular theme in mind, but rather, I wrote the songs intuitively based on what I was feeling and experiencing over several years. But after putting the album together, I saw big themes of love, loss, and fear, all with this underlying anxiety that I feel all the time. I guess I’m trying to tell the story of what that’s like. The album title summarizes this feeling; getting stuck in cyclical thoughts and habits, but still participating and being an element in the vast ocean of life.”

Eddy is out tomorrow via Earth Libraries and also available on Bandcamp.

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