Returning with his first single of 2021, Childe has unveiled his new single and video ‘Child’ out now via Prolifica Inc. The new track is taken from his debut EP of the same name, due April 2021. Stream here.
Following his previous release ‘Two Thirds’, which illuminated his meditative lyricism and finesse for sensitivity, ‘Child’ provides the perfect accompaniment with its unadulterated vulnerability. Melding static beats and kaleidoscopic, yearning samples, Childe’s new single is a bittersweet and ambient electro pop confession, stripped bare to unveil the artists’ raw feelings towards chaotic passion.
About his new single Child says “This one is bittersweet. It’s about giving in to your primal instinct and being drawn to the dark side of a relationship. Sometimes that bit of friction is what we actually need.”
Finding its inception whilst travelling in America, Childe’s debut EP is a collection of raw yet freeing, coming of age tracks. A transgressive and eclectic fusion of indie and electronica, the EP sees the introspective artist confront his relationship with trauma, lonerism, and addiction to destruction.
“I’d written all these songs in quite quick succession and it felt like a self identified therapy session…it was a process of fathering my own thoughts.” He says about the EP. “When you experience quite a lot of trauma as a kid, you end up becoming drawn to the extremity of the emotion because that’s what you felt before. Those are the grooves that have been cut in me that show me how to feel. It’s only in growing up in the past couple of years that I’ve learnt not to be ashamed of that, to accept it. My version of trauma is that I’m drawn to feeling hard.”
Citing Imogen Heap, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver and Bright Eyes as major influences alongside his biggest teachers Thom Yorke and Tracy Chapman, Childe’s songs are unflinching emotive tales set to stunning sonic amalgamations that have amassed well over a quarter of a million streams on Spotify since Summer 2020.
His penchant for prismatic music-making derived from the arts being a continuous fixture in his early years, in an otherwise chaotic life. Growing up in a rural town in England to a music obsessive family, he picked up piano and guitar as a teenager, later forming a grunge band that kicked started his journey with songwriting. Eventually studying theatre at the legendary performing arts BRIT school provided an inspiring environment for Childe, that led to on to support slots with King Princess on tour.
With a moniker that alludes to a fantastical persona that is simultaneously deeply personal and filled with a storytelling spirit, Childe’s unconventional take on pop music is providing a vital tonic for modern-day escapism, lacing together hip-hop influences with quirky electronic beats, imbued with lyrics that evoke powerful narratives.
“The thing that connects my songs is that they all started as a way of me figuring something out. It’s about being okay with the journey of life, learning to bed myself in and trust the process and to know that it’s okay for expectations to change, to mess up and to reconcile. I come to a song with a problem, and the song helps me fix the problem.”