CHARLIE CLARK returns this Autumn with the new single: “Blink of an Eye”.
As the nights draw-in and world begins to close a weary eyelid in 2021, the Astrid frontman and founder of No Big Deal Records releases an emotive single of change to chime with the seasons.
Following a sunny spell in Los Angeles with a high-flying career in the music industry, “Blink of an Eye” was written as Clark returned home to the blustery shores of Stornoway to face some hard truths and the end of an era.
A song about life passing before your very eyes and facing up to life’s most difficult choices, to finding a brighter future and forging a new destiny, Charlie Clark reflects of the track:
“I was getting overwhelmed with melancholy about relationships and mistakes I’d made and things I should and have not done etc. I was reflecting on more microcosmic internal issues…. I refer to my mind as radio K-F**k fairly often. Sometimes the best thing to do when you feel overwhelmed is nothing at all.”
Initially written on just acoustic guitar, the resplendent finished version ventures from sleepy, pared-back melancholia, before erupting into colourful, cosmic arrangements adorned with Beatles-esque multilayered harmonies, blazing mellotron melodies and supernova guitar lines.
Produced by Jason Shaw (Cambodian Space Project) and mastered by Mark Gardener from RIDE, “Blink of an Eye” is epic and emphatic, without being bombastic and strikes a direct hit at the emotional heart of the track. It was recorded in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, alongside other sessions for Charlie Clark’s upcoming album: ‘Late Night Drinking’ – coming soon.
Tuning-in to the gentle psychedelic aura of “Blink of an Eye”, the new single is accompanied by an official video directed by Clark himself.
“I wanted the video to be like a hallucination where you can feel the vibrations and rhythms of the most simple things. Where everything is still but incredibly vibrant. Like meditation…or good mushrooms” adds Clark.