Hobo

Charlie Winston

Released 28 September 2009

  1. In Your Hands
  2. Like A Hobo
  3. Kick The Bucket
  4. I Love Your Smile
  5. My Life As A Duck
  6. Boxes
  7. Calling Me
  8. Tongue Tied
  9. Soundtrack To Falling In Love
  10. Generation Spent
  11. Every Step
  12. My Name

Liner notes

Charlie Winston distills his music to its raw essence, a hearty modern gumbo of blues-folk, straight-talking lyricism, and soul, all laced with beatboxing and quirky instrumentation.

From the anthemic ‘Like a Hobo’ to the existential campfire pop of ‘Kick The Bucket’, from the passionately strummed critique of contemporary culture (or lack of it) in ‘Generation Spent’ to the whimsically melancholy ‘My Life As A Duck,’ the album playfully resists easy genre categorization yet maintains a spirited, contagious rootsiness that took off in France in a big way, eventually topping the charts and putting Charlie Winston before packed arenas of fans.

Winston’s Real World debut, Hobo was put together in London, Paris and New York with David Bowie producer Mark Plati at the desk.

Reviews

  • Soulful voice and instantly hummable melodies The Observer (UK)
  • How long before this talented singer-songwriter gets the break he deserves? Not long if this fantastic and laid back tune is anything to go by. Daily Record (UK)
  • Winston is clearly a full-blooded musician...Hobo's production is organic and fun, Winston's vocal refreshingly untreated. There's a light agility about his songs too, ranging from the straightforward chick songs - I Love Your Smile stirs thoughts of Randy Newman collaborating with a bunch of New Orleans' finest, and Soundtrack to Falling in Love...quality shines through BBC Music (UK)

Further Listening

  • Running Still

    Charlie Winston

    Released 28 January 2013

    A sense of joy and discovery permeates throughout the album, which followed the breakthrough of 2009’s ‘Hobo’. ‘Running Still’ finds Winston and his richly talented band collaborating with veteran Los Angeles producer Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Bruce Hornsby, Ozomatli) to reach new emotional and sonic colours.
  • Loney dear

    Loney dear

    Released 29 September 2017

    On his seventh album and first for Real World, Loney dear's Emil Svanängen has undergone something of a rebirth, and a profound artistic awakening. He sees this collection of songs as the beginning of something very new and very potent.

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