“Unfulfilled Genius of Martin Street/Greyhound” by Charlie Steady

A stunning display of introspective songwriting, both of Charlie Steady’s new singles expand on his vibrant and endearing sound while showing off his growing talent as a lyricist.

Charlie Steady is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, known for his primary colour schemes and incredible live performances. Taken from his new album “Magpie” both new singles tell the story of Magpie, the titular character in the album as they journey to become a musical star.

Both tracks mix an array of influences to form an eclectic experience. Housing elements of 60’s art rock and late 90’s indie rock, as well as influences from reggae band “Rebulation” and alt country band “Uncle Tupelo”.

“Unfulfilled Genius of Martin Street” focuses on the meeting between Magpie and an older character who they see themselves in as well as want to learn from. Incorporating reggae-esque beats throughout while staying true to everything we’ve grown to love about Steady’s sound. Utilizing his stunning lyricism that paint an engaging story on top of this makes this side A track an endearing and emotive trip from start to finish.

The side B song “Greyhound” is about the faith someone must have when starting a new journey. An intricate tale weaved through an indie folk/country landscape, it tells the story of Magpie’s thoughts as they finally decide to leave their hometown and head off to “The Big City”.

Charlie Steady made these two singles (as well as the whole 2nd album) in honour of the albums that made him love music in the first place. From 60’s records like ‘Sgt. Peppers’ and ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys to more contemporary 90’s/early 2000’s works like ‘In the Aeroplane over the Sea’ and Sufjan Steven’s ‘Illinois’. Steady began writing these tracks in April 2021 and finished up post-production in August. Most of the writing was done in his home studio as well as his friend’s house.

An exciting new glimpse into Steady’s talent, his brand new two singles are full of clever lyricism and endearing performances. Stream them here now!

Reviewed by Ciarán Coleman





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