Earlier today, sonic storyteller extraordinaire CharlestheFirst reunited with listeners via “Out of the Dark,” a psychedelic, genre-spanning adventure through sound. The single is his first release since last October, and instantly reanimates excitement for his evolving, innovative approach to production. This preview also sets the stage for his forthcoming LP, Solus, due out in early 2021.

CharlestheFirst has become an increasingly alluring figure and coveted tastemaker since first emerging in 2014. The Lake Tahoe-born producer grew up heavily inspired by the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which has led to a naturalist ethos in both his art and storytelling. His style is influenced by hip-hop production and songwriting, which coalesce seamlessly into lush and experimental electronic composition. Aided by use of field recorders that capture the sounds of nature, CharlestheFirst’s psychedelia-veiled project invites a fully immersive experience for all listeners.

“‘Out of the Dark’ is my story of light peeking through pure darkness," said CharlestheFirst in a press statement. "This track’s creation made me realize the impending actualization of Solus and set the tone for the whole record.”

Recommended Articles

tiesto masked wolf

Watch Platinum-Certified Rapper Masked Wolf Drop Unreleased Collab With Tiësto

Tiësto has teamed up with the man behind "Astronaut in the Ocean," one of 2021's biggest sleeper hits, for a brand new collab.

Lost Lands

Here Are the Lost Lands 2021 Set Times and Day-to-Day Schedules

Performances from Excision, Getter, Rusko, and Virtual Riot are among countless can't-miss sets from Lost Lands 2021.

maxresdefault

Porter Robinson Highlights Anthony Fantano's Infamous "Worlds" Album Review During Festival Set

Anthony Fantano has published hundreds of album reviews, but few have driven the controversy compared to his take on Porter Robinson's debut.

“Out of the Dark” opens with a downtempo, astral arrangement that is quickly accented by distant, natural recordings. A light drum pattern kicks in at :16, which proceeds to welcome a mix percussive elements. Like much of his work, wondrous synths, a natural sound cache and carefully crafted beats combine to form a more hip-hop-oriented style. These evolving patterns amalgamate until the 1:38 mark, when distorted vocals call out an ode of love. After a brief break in direction, the 2-minute mark introduces an amorphous house beat that escalates over energizing basslines.

Finally, at the 2:55 mark, listeners are pummeled with the track’s first wonky divulgence—warped bass sounds that flourish for 30 seconds before a combination of downtempo, house and bass tastefully crash together. These various styles may preview the wide-ranging sound of his upcoming LP, or simply showcase his ability to seamlessly tie different genres together. Led by his inspiration for the world around him, it’s no wonder his art combines all these elements in natural cohesion.

Purposely dropping on his birthday, the single helps turn the page from his 2019-2020; coming out of the dark in both a personal and creative sense. “Out of the Dark” welcomes listeners back into the producer’s sonic kingdom and promises even more adventures yet to come. 

FOLLOW CHARLESTHEFIRST:

Facebook: facebook.com/ctfproduction
Instagram: instagram.com/charles.thefirst
Twitter: twitter.com/ctfbeats
Spotify: spoti.fi/33ghNKX

Related

BRONSON_Press Image_Art Credit_Gian Galang

[LISTEN] ODESZA & Golden Features' Collab Project BRONSON Debuts Divine Balance On Two New Singles

The newfound trio delivers the first two singles off of its upcoming summer album.

f7136933-6870-4496-9866-00109b24ca80

CloZee Unites Listeners on Spiritual New Single, “Winter is Coming”

It’s the first track off her new album "Neon Jungle," due out July 3rd.

MIZE

MIZE Dives into Sonic Introspection on Debut EP, "Thought Process"

The EP marks the Wakaan prospect’s first full-length project.

Mersiv

Mersiv Gets Dark In the Jungle With Killa Nova In New Single, "Forest Creature"

The new single comes off the producer's forthcoming debut album "Pretty Dark Loud "due out this fall.

sumthin-sumthin-1-e1553126827725

sumthin sumthin on Persevering as an Artist: "At the End of the Day, This Trauma Can Help Us Grow" [Q&A]

He also released one of several singles from his upcoming Deadbeats EP, due out in early 2021.

charlesthefirst

CharlestheFirst Enlists Tsuruda for Wavy Single, "Hang In There" [Premiere]

The single is a cut from CharlestheFirst's new album, "SOLUS."

45288614_2517808398246405_513634468913741824_n

Album Review: ZHU Ignites Gothic, Introspective Themes on Spellbinding "DREAMLAND 2021"

Rather than catering to the mainstream, ZHU’s new album seems to bring all listeners under one roof with the intention to rave.

PLAYER DAVE

EDM.com Presents The Heat Check 003: CharlestheFirst, Kyral x Banko, Player Dave, and More

Stop in for The Heat Check, a monthly go-to list for the hottest and most incendiary tracks to emerge from the bass, dubstep and freeform scenes.