Monkey Records is very proud to present Elizabeth, the wondrous debut single from Berlin-based indie folk duo Charity Children. It’s available as a free download from our SoundCloud page here and you can watch the amazing video here.
“We are hopelessly hopeful.” Charity Children are two lovers from New Zealand who send their intimate melodies flying through the graffitied streets and smoky bars of Berlin. Soon after Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee fell in love making music, they embarked upon a musical adventure to Germany where their street grown indie-folk very quickly became a Berlin institution – their music becoming a soundtrack to the vibrant but wounded city. Enchanting large audiences with their endearing style, raw energy and miraculous vocals, their ukulele driven sound, so innocent, yet wholly powerful, has the ability to disarm the most robust cynic, reminding those who listen the necessary place of idealism in a less than ideal world.
‘The Autumn Came’ (their debut album, Out mid-2013), represents a selection of songs written and performed over their first summers in Berlin; collaborating with an orchestra of other musicians to transfer their distinctive street-folk sound into the studio. Some songs are joyful, some painfully tragic but all heartfelt. The album was recorded and produced by Monkey Records boss, Nigel Braddock, over the course of three months in their Kreuzberg apartment and then mixed at Masterlab by Braddock and co-producer Andreas Balaskas.
Elizabeth, the first single from Charity Children’s debut album, ‘The Autumn Came’, is a folk anthem written on and for the streets. A ballad of marching defiance; it begins in tender tragedy and builds to a tumult of stirring optimism. Capturing the street spirit of their sound, Elizabeth, a tribute to the bullied and downtrodden, is a remarkable song, a resounding debut from what promises to be a raw and exciting addition to the ‘Indie-folk’ movement.