Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Charlie Simpson - Down Down Down

It's not quite the year 3000, but times have changed for Charlie Simpson.  Post Busted, he went on to front alt rock band Fightstar, though whether they've gained credibility and mainstream success following Simpson's pop career is questionable.  They've since taken a year hiatus and now, with his solo career, Simpson is facing a similar dilemma.

However, he's actually managed to crack out a decent track.  Down Down Down is the first single from forthcoming album 'Young Pilgrim' and has been featured on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton's record of the week.  The acoustic sound is a world away from the comedic Busted and the heavier Fightstar, though of course retaining Simpson's unmistakeable voice.  It blends British and American folk influences, the vocal harmonies revealing a tinge of Mumford and the final chorus taking a Country vibe that will have you reaching for your cowboy hat.  The descending opening riff proves a great hook and whilst it may not be the most original of songs, it definitely substantiates Simpson's musical credentials - finally he deserves to be taken seriously.