Charlie Hickey’s debut LP repeatedly explores the relationship between emotion and time. Lyrically: dandelion clocks, sundials, years passing and being missed, crushes, autumn, the feeling of it being nearly Christmas. Melodically, think petrol shining on the roads of a childhood town: technicolored pools (overdrive, distortion; variously) that nonetheless colour a backdrop of simple acoustic-tarmac. The final track departs from the record’s overall repetitiveness. Charlie is no longer bound by perceptions of earthly time nor its trappings of self-centredness: to be curious and “fly” to a different planet (to be empathetic, essentially) is a journey narrativised nicely, though perhaps too late.
A favourite: ‘Planet with Water’