Charlie Wilde
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Charlie Wilde

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | AFM

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | AFM
Established on Jan, 2018
Solo Folk Indie




"Reflective Piece"

“The song is very much a reflective piece,” Ziccone told Around The Sound. “I’ve had this thought for a long time that, if I was going to have a debut single, if I was going to make it even this far, it needed to be something that was going to help me move forward, a cathartic experience. I felt like I needed to right a couple of wrongs that I’d transgressed in this life.”

The multiple ‘ifs’ in that comment are a reminder of the savage self doubt that is at the core of every artist’s existence. It’s a triumph that Ziccone has managed to release his first single, but what makes this release so remarkable is the quality of the music.

Building from innocent and unadorned single guitar notes to a lushly textured soundscape, ‘Low Fidelity’ is three verses of heart pouring from an artist who’s looking to make amends in the #metoo era. We don’t know exactly what wrongs Ziccone is trying to put right in this song, we didn’t feel it was right to ask and Ziccone didn’t quite offer up an explanation, but we know that, based on the music alone, whatever he thinks he’s done, he deserves forgiveness. And, maybe that’s the point. Forgiveness is in short supply these days.

Digging deeper into the narrative of the lyric, Ziccone said, “The first thing that a human loses when they’re in pain is empathy. It’s pretty much all about that and I designed the song to be littered with double entendres. On first listening, the protagonist, in this case me, is a very sympathetic character and you think, ‘He’s gone through some pain here.’ It’s only on the second, third, fourth, fifth listening that you think, ‘No, this guy’s in the wrong, he shouldn’t have done those things.”

‘Low Fidelity’ ends with Charlie Wilde telling the world, I am a demon / I am a demon / leave me / with no mercy at all. It would be harrowing stuff, maybe even unlistenable/unbelievable in different hands, but, as Charlie Wilde, Ziccone manages to harness emotion in a way that few others can, except those who are the best in the business.

“It’s purely life experience,” Ziccone continued, almost blithely, his insight belying his youth. “When you go through these cataclysmic events, especially when you’re a teenager, everything is just so strong, things can feel like the end of the world. And you’re also hungry for any other emotional experience that’s going to fill what you feel is a void. I think, in the moment, you don’t realise the damage you’re doing, you don’t realise you’re responsible for other people’s emotions as much as you are your own.”

Here is a song writer and singer who’s continuing a line, creating poetic music that springs directly from his heart and experiences, but at the same time is able to touch on universal truths about existence that reach far beyond his years.

In his song writing and delivery as Charlie Wilde, Ziccone is part Romantic poet, part method actor. It’s all about the feels.

“As soon as I’m not feeling a song any more, that’s when it’s time to move on. Sometimes, I’ll close my eyes before I play a song to get myself back in the moment and what I was feeling when I wrote the song. For those three or four minutes, I kind of just become that person again.

“I’ve got a three-song series about my performance anxiety. Funnily enough, because that’s always there, they’re the easiest songs in my set to perform.”

Live performances are relatively rare for Charlie Wilde, as his performance anxiety makes getting up on stage a difficult proposition. For the moment, Ziccone is concentrating on building his presence and engagement online, but we for one hope that he will return to live performance at some stage. Doing what Charlie Wilde does in a room full of people is a transcendent experience that we believe artists should be willing to sacrifice themselves for to satisfy the lust of the people for their art. It’s a delicious tension between the artist exercising self preservation and giving the people what they want. Let’s hope that Ziccone can get the balance right, for our sake as well as his.

One of the features of ‘Low Fidelity’ is Ziccone’s distinctive voice and vocal delivery. When we first heard the opening bars, we thought he’d roped in a woman to sing the track for him and, when we put it to Ziccone he told us, “I’m more than happy to be perceived as androgynous. I think for this story gender’s not really important. Charlie Wilde is not my true singing voice, but it’s the one I feel most comfortable telling my stories with. The way my voice is shaped, it’s something that happens when you’re in the moment.”

Around The Sound’s take on the flavour of Charlie Wilde’s voice is Brian Moklo with hints of Michael Stipe, both references that Ziccone was only vaguely aware of. (Ah, age!) But it did lead us to muse on influences for Charlie Wilde, to which, Ziccone said, “There’s no such thing as true originality. All of, whether it’s a conscious thing, or a subconscious thing, take a little something from each person we really admire. For me it’s Keith Henson, Bon Iver, Patrick Watson, there’s even a little bit of Tom Odell in that track. Those are artists that also feel that emotion is such an important thing.”

So what’s next for this extraordinary new talent? There are new recordings afoot that will be released in due course. Ziccone’s own take on it is that, “Charlie Wilde is a megaphone blast in the dark corner of my psyche, something that needs to be said.” Knowing that, we should be able to expect more output from this project, because Ziccone won’t be able to help himself.

But, “I’ve been working with a couple of other musicians,” Ziccone told us. “It’s very early days, so we don’t even have a name or anything. It’s very exciting times.”

Exciting is a good way to put it. Based on this first release, Ziccone is a major talent in the making. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. - Around the Sound

"Charlie Wilde delivers sincere human insight on Low Frequency"

Let Charlie Wilde pull you into an ethereal world with their debut single Low Fidelity. An ode to reflection that simmers rather than snaps, the track is being launched this Sunday at The Bird. The first official single from the Perth based act comes after an exciting first half of 2019.

The main lyrical theme of Low Fidelity centers around a loss of empathy—something that goes hand in hand with our age of technological domination, where people grow and develop relationships with one another through phone screens.

Delve into the multiple interpretations of Low Fidelity, the debut single from Western Australian act Charlie Wilde.
As vocalist Aidan Ziccone softly deliberates “All I ever wanted was the numbness to end” over softly verbed out guitars, it gives the listener time for personal reflection. In the modern age, the notion of a lack of outwardly projected feeling is entirely relatable.

Being unable to empathise with those around you is not an uncommon feeling, and it feels refreshing to have it laid out in a way that seems to value reflection rather than blind acceptance that lends itself more to ignorance than growth.

Sonically, the song is led by melancholic, finger plucked guitars alongside the wistful vocal performance of Aidan Ziccone. The full sonic weight of the piece isn’t felt until late in the tracks run-time. This lets the emotive vocal performance play with its listener before delivering the gut punch refrain. “I am a demon, leave me.”

The release of Low Fidelity comes at a budding time for the Perth based act. The latest single builds on the sonic building blocks laid down before it on live demos Philophobia and Allihies.

Whether it be self-depreciation or self-awareness, Low Fidelity gives its listener a space to reflect and learn. Drawing influence sonically from Bon Iver through to Keaton Henson, Charlie Wilde gives us a sincere and human recollection of human relationships. - Happy Mag


Low Fidelity-2019 



Defined by it's ethereal nature and emotional delivery, Charlie Wilde pulls you in with a deeply personal and yet somehow accessible message. With influences ranging from Bon Iver to Keaton Henson and Patrick Watson, Charlie is raw, sincere and human.

Charlie Wilde is a Singer Songwriter who released his debut single ‘Low Fidelity to local acclaim in both his Hometown of Melbourne and his current city Perth. A consistent run of shows has seen Charlie steadily rise in popularity exemplified by his events ‘Beyond the Verge’ and their ‘Low Fidelity’ single launch- which Charlie created and co organised - that drew a sellout crowd and a stellar lineup. Charlie has also already gigged in the majority of Perth and Fremantle’s classic venues alongside some of the biggest local acts, the band has also been subject to reviews and writeup from notable publications X-Press Magazine, Happy Mag, Triple J unearthed and Around the Sound. 

Between all sources of both music and video services, Charlie has been streamed over 100,000 times.

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