Bella Union are pleased to introduce Charlie Coxedge, musician and writer from Manchester, best known as a member of MONEY. As a solo musician, his compositions weave layers and loops of guitars, synth textures and soft pianos, building from melodic, ambient noises to multi-faceted soundscapes. His debut album ‘Cloisters’ will be released digitally + on limited vinyl via Bella Union on May 26th.
‘Cloisters’, as the title suggests, is about finding those secluded spaces, those empty archways where we hear the echoes of ourselves, and finding some peace within the solitude. As so often happens in these empty spaces, thoughts enter and start to repeat themselves in our minds, bouncing off the walls until a new thought joins in, until all these different ideas are intertwined with each other, playing out in an almost endless cycle.
The music of Cloisters comes from these spaces, from moments of solitude found in childhood homes, walks through the city or even in memories – remembered spaces that invoke a certain feeling or atmosphere.
Recorded mostly in two different studios in Liverpool, with some bedroom recordings thrown in for good measure, everything on Cloisters was performed by Coxedge, simply using the studios to effectively capture the many layers and textures. The sounds of the record, and the layers that build them, are as much about the spaces they create as the spaces they fill.
“I’ve always been a bit of a collector of effects pedals, and have used them subtly within MONEY to enhance our sound, both on record and live – making loops, drones etc – but with this solo work I really get to expand on that, and a lot of the music comes from playing around with different sounds.” – Charlie Coxedge