Charlie Coxedge‘s lush, ambient soundscapes are a wonderful thing. The Manchester musician and writer, best known as guitarist and founding member of MONEY, recently unveiled a solo record and it’s an ethereal concoction of guitar loops, synth textures and delicate piano that gently build to glacial crescendos. With the LP entitled ‘Cloisters’ out now on Bella Union, we caught up with Charlie Coxedge to get the lowdown on his latest project.
‘Cloisters’ is mesmerising. How did the track come about?
“The track itself came from wanting to write a sort of multi-layered but quite slow/atmospheric piece, where the various melodies would not clash against one another, but find the spaces in between and complement each other. I also would use different voices of the guitar so lines wouldn’t clash, for example playing a melody on a low-tuned string but higher up on the neck so a different tone is created, rather than playing different parts on the same strings etc. I always find it difficult to explain what these instrumental tracks really mean, but this one came about after my grandfather’s funeral, which was held in a large ornate church, so I suppose that was the imagery which inspired the music (and the title).”
How did you start out in music?
“I’d always played music as a kid. My mum is a music teacher so there was always music around the house and we were encouraged to learn instruments. So I’ve pretty much always been involved in something musical for as long as I can remember. After meeting Billy and Jamie in Manchester, it became apparent that we had a good thing going, so we decided to stay in Manchester together and see what happened.”
What made you decide to work on a solo project outside of MONEY?
“I suppose it came from whenever we had a bit of time off from the band. I would still want to play/practise and be productive, so I just started making these solo compositions, thinking they might become music for the band, but I was happy to experiment either way. The band was then asked to do a live score for a short film, which we couldn’t all attend, so I suggested I do it on my own, which everyone was happy with, so the solo thing just grew from there really.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Bing & Ruth
Any other new bands or artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Some great stuff coming out of Manchester at the moment – Cult Party, Wedding, Irma Vep, Secret Admirer, Kiran Leonard.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Charlie Coxedge?
“More live shows definitely. I’ve been asked to open for Mercury Rev with the Northern Sinfonia at Colston Hall in Bristol, so I’m really looking forward to that. And lots more writing and recording – I’d love to have another EP out before the end of the year. I have plenty of stuff written, just need to get in a studio and carve it out.”