Cornish-born, Suffolk-bred Charlie Winston started his solo writing path playing all over Europe on a shoestring: Germany, France, Italy, Spain – he was out performing anywhere that would take him, embodying the wandering troubadour style that would eventually bring him to international attention.
It was a combination of this relentless tour schedule and natural enigma that grabbed the legendary Peter Gabriel’s attention, inviting Charlie to tour with him around Europe and allowing him to use his own personal studio to record tracks on weekends. It would be a combination of these records and ones he recorded at London’s MI7 Studios that would become the basis for Charlie’s debut album ‘Hobo’. Striking a chord with disenchanted kids around Europe, the album went platinum in 2009. Blowing up initially in Paris, it went on to top the official charts in France, Germany and Canada.
Stepping into a firestorm of national celebrity following his simultaneous No.1s, Charlie left Paris after two years touring the ‘Hobo’ album and although he stayed awhile in L.A. recording and working with producer Tony Berg (Beck, At The Drive-In) and star choreographer Ryan Heffington (Arcade Fire’s ‘We Exist’, Sia’s ‘Chandelier’) his second album, 2012’s ‘Running Still’ was recorded again largely as a nomad. Old habits die hard, it would seem. Tousled and unkempt, Charlie would go on to win GQ’s iconic ‘Best- Dressed Man Of The Year’ in France that same year.
Since the release of his sophomore album, Charlie has refined his sound. He has begun to strip it down, to beef up his production chops; a reaction to the music he’s hearing – Alt-J, Lorde, Daft Punk, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins. If ‘Hobo’ was a romanticised sepia image of the troubadour and ‘Running Still’ was a punk and hip-hop influenced work referencing The Beastie Boys and ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ then his new studio album ‘Curio City’ is framed by electronica and futurism.