Newly-crowned UKCMSA Newcomer of the Year, Charlotte Young celebrates a year in the UK country music scene with the release of her second EP, Coffee and Conversations, on 5th April 2021. About the release, she says:
“I wanted to showcase these songs as if they were conversations, a story to be told with each verse. Mixing together country feel and instruments, storytelling and a whole lot of heart, Coffee and Conversations captures me as an artist and hopefully makes you all feel like we’re having a coffee and a catch-up.”
We’ve already reviewed the lead single, Praying For Rain, so there’s little more to say about it other than I still love it – and that it reenforces Charlotte’s position as UK country music’s power ballad princess. We’ve also reviewed the second single from the EP, On The Loose, although the EP itself features the song as a solo production rather than the duet with Georgia Nevada. The EP version delivers On The Loose as originally intended: a solo performance with Charlotte’s outstanding vocals front and centre.
The opening track is Remedy, already a firm fan favourite. As a fan and friend of Charlotte, I’ve been lucky enough to hear this song in demo form, as well as live acoustic and plenty of live stream performances. Nothing could quite prepare me for hearing it fully produced and polished, though. The production is so musically complex; that Young can deliver a song with such gusto and presence to make it a fan favourite solely through live-streamed performances from her bedroom is a testament to her incredible talent both in storytelling and in composition.
Early Light is the fourth song in this five-song collection and it’s upbeat and mellow. If you’re comparing this EP to the first, this song is akin to Passenger Side – it’s an ode to love; a tribute to a secure and loving relationship.
The final song is another fan favourite – this time, an acoustic performance of Charlotte’s most popular single, Whiplash. The subtlety in the instrumentation and the small twists Charlotte adds to her vocal delivery truly make this song. Comparing this version to the original, her growth as an artist is immeasurable over the last year. It’s the perfect way to close a very cleverly-curated collection.