The Speed Of Sound
Charlotte (12” Version)
Inspired by the timeless and avant-garde creations of Charlotte Bronte and a true-life story from her life in the 1850s, Manchester’s The Speed Of Sound bring Charlotte the song. Issued as a second track on their double-A single, Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte, this memorable in memoriam was first performed live in Elizabeth Gaskell’s actual house. This is the same venue that Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte herself once hid behind a curtain, so she didn’t have to entertain a guest. Gaskell went so far as to write a biography of her friend that is still available today. Billed to mark the writer’s 200th birthday, the band’s extended edition adds another layer of atmosphere and poignancy to the fugacious nature of this remarkable artist of yore.
The music begins with sound effects, we sit close and listen. Drums then begin with a tribal feel as tom-toms bash a rhythmic dirge. A vocal begins to snake over the beats, melody without words begins to draw in the mists as the music rises to meet the pattern. Another voice adds yet more momentum to the flux as guitars begin to fall into place. Then, a burst of gain and drums unveils a powerful vibrancy that pushes everything forward. A gloomy and ghostly atmosphere builds within the track, odd harmonies and sombre elocution reveal tentative sensations in the river of sound. A smash of chorus once more brings a frantic moment before more mysterious and ethereal vibes continue the build. Charlotte ends on an uplifting bash of dream and rock n roll that spirals with ever-moving vapours of a cherished history.
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