Final Rating: 8/10
Within the last year, Charlotte Day Wilson has been building a strong resumé. She has gone from being the sultry voice of the Toronto-based R&B project, The WAYO, to having a sweet feature on BADBADNOTGOOD’s recent single “In Your Eyes” and now releasing her own EP, CDW with an American tour on the way.
This past summer I saw her (quite literally) bring the sun out from under the clouds as she performed some of these songs at Field Trip Music and Arts Festival. It’s no surprise that she’s had great success with CDW’s release.
Opening with the echoed mumbles of “On Your Own”, Day Wilson summons listeners like some sort of alien angel with the sound this track produces. It features gradually layered keys that left me wanting more. Her vocals (although sparse on the first track) have a seemingly effortless, yet soulful feel to them. As they carry on to the second track, “Work”, I could tell that she also portrays an improvisational characteristic that makes you feel like you’re having a casual conversation with her. “Work” brings you in with a simple beat and keeps you there with echoed harmonies that remain a staple throughout the whole album.
“Where Do You Go” is easily my favourite on the album. And frankly, it is a song that I wish could’ve been a building point for some additional songs. It is the perfect balance of timeless horns, contemporary keys, and the catchy hook, “You got me here but you can’t stay…”. It was this track where I caught a comparison between her and the styling of Joss Stone, who has the same deep, soulful voice. It continues onto the track “Find You”, which graces listeners with a simple groove in the verse and a bright, impactful chorus.
Overall, I absolutely loved this EP, and I am so excited to see what else Charlotte Day Wilson has in store for us. It has a calming feature that quickly had me humming along with all of her songs, but also brings meaningful emotion that you can’t help but painfully relate to. I wanted to hear more of what she had to offer, because her voice is just so damn intriguing.
This week Charlotte will be embarking on a Fall U.S tour with Local Natives. You can check out where and when she’ll be playing here!