Charlie was written as an epilogue to a 'Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis' by Tom Waits. It's a continuation of a story about the wanderlust of youth leading to dangerous things, and the associated regrets, coupled with an overwhelming homesickness for what's been left behind.
Charlie is the first single from the Camp Dark album, Nightmare In A Day, released May 12, 2015:
Video edited by John Paul Burgess
Footage used c/o Prelinger Archives: "Radiotherapy: High Dosage Treatment", "Atoms For Peace" & "Is This Love?"
Written by Adam Svec & Graham O'Brien
Lyrics by Adam Svec
Produced by Graham O'Brien
Samplers & Drums by Graham O'Brien, Synths by John Keston, Bass Guitar by Casey O'Brien, Guitar by Matt Leavitt, Omnichord and Guitar Solo by Chris Salter
Camp Dark's first offering, Nightmare In A Day, started as a song skeletons composed by Adam Svec and Graham O’Brien. The meat on the bones was added by a list of wonderful players (see the list of contributors). The arrangement of the limbs, direction of the hair, and shade of the makeup was largely generated and organized by O'Brien. This collaboration initially started shortly after Svec's third solo release, Weaks In The Waves, for which O'Brien played the roles of instrumentalist, engineer, and producer. The first installment of their collaboration, in conjunction with the writing and playing prowess of Casey O'Brien, arrived in the form of Proofreader. Zero Squared in 2013.
After spending a year living in Charleston, SC, Svec's experience of the American South resulted in a number of song ideas that included the racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still disappointingly apparent in the heart of Dixie. The juxtaposition of the heavy lyrical content settled against a gorgeous sonic landscape reminiscent of Radiohead's "Let Down" or Bjork's "Yoga" makes for a musical experience that will have the audiophiles reaching for their headphones and the motorists choosing the long way home.