Charles Moothart Debuts “One Wish”

Charles Moothart Debuts new single"One Wish"
Charles Moothart Debuts new single"One Wish"

Charles Moothart (formerly CFM) is releasing the second single off his upcoming LP Black Holes Don’t Choke. The new track, titled, “One Wish” is now available via DSPS.

At the beginning of December, Moothart (known for his work with Ty Segall and Fuzz) announced his upcoming LP, Black Holes Don’t Choke, with the record’s first single, “Roll” being shared as part of the day’s celebration. “Roll” was the first taste of what Moothart calls, “apocalyptic pop”, an apt descriptor for the catchy, fuzz-drenched, psychedelia found on the track, which released alongside a lightning-fast and neon-drenched music video.

Black Holes Don’t Choke is meant to be a present meditation. It was written, recorded, and mixed entirely by Charles Moothart in his Los Angeles studio, and he plays all of the music heard on the album. The implementation of samplers is a noteworthy development as well as the general inclusion of more electronic elements.

Moothart spent recent years looking in to the world of sampling and sequencing. On top of this, he has been working to hone his engineering and mixing abilities through his own projects, as well as collaborating with peers in different studios. This combination of elements created a new atmosphere for Moothart’s song writing to evolve within.

From Chorg Dorgon, San Pablo, 2023

“We live in a world of identity and identifiers, in spite of the lack of mystery that first seduced us. The shadow behind the curtain. The blown-out photo. The blown out sound. The need to submit for the deeper experience. The feeling of maximal bliss once a pain threshold is crossed. But it’s today that we have decided that a clarity of individual identity carries a new importance. Some default to their own names, not unlike how when every person in the world suddenly has a camera on them at all times takes photos of themselves. The thoughtlessness! When someone actually reaches into the void in search of their own identity, they enter into a vast world and have to begin the task of chiseling away at the dodecahedronic mass of possibilities that come with facing oneself. And who wants to be themselves if they don’t have to be? Songs for example have the enormous responsibility of carrying the meaning of both the writer and the listener! And it’s this, the triangulation of meaning and definition that is the genesis of the magic that spellbinds us in music. It is only successfully crafted with this abstract relationship in mind. A failure is when there is a lack of imagination. A lack of consciousness. An artist like Charles Moothart presents a gravity in this statement of “new” identity by expressing that because he has offered multiple examples of work dedicated to the more mysterious and oblique, its time now for him to assert his Self as the pillar of the experience.

For the sake of clarity, and its clarity that we seek, Charles has been a pillar of our musical experience since he began playing eons ago in the various projects and countless albums he has contributed to. Charles is a musician who has been constantly on the road for years playing in Ty Segall’s Freedom Band and Fuzz. When there has been a rare time away from those engagements especially in the post-pandemic scramble to catch up world of gigs and tours, he has been spending all of his time in his laboratory figuring out how to synthesize all of the info he has collected and musical ideas he has developed in the past few years since the last CFM record and subsequent shows for this new solo work. Just before the pandemic started, he was out playing solo shows in a project that revolved around an MPC sampler just to give an example as to the wideness of his explorations. The result is Black Holes Don’t Choke. Love songs for the apocalypse. A prayer toward optimism amid chaos. A plea toward nature. The themes on this album are the themes of today. Charles appeals for us to visualize evolution. And with a signature, the music sounds exactly as you want it to. It sounds like Charles Moothart’s music only more evolved and with greater focus and direction. With greater textural dynamic and more sonic variation and realization, but never sacrificing the insane riff that he is clearly the master of. He gets to the point on this record. He is presenting a voice you can understand and rely on as you make your own journey into it. Create your own meanings. The record now belongs to the world. Because we all start a thought as that which is beginning-less and endless and at some certain point it becomes its own thought, takes it owns shape and becomes itself, separate from the thinker, separate from the observer. alive in the ether!”

Charles Moothart
Black Holes Don’t Choke
In The Red Records

01. Roll
02. Hold On
03. Black Holes Don’t Choke
04. Anchored and Empty
05. One Wish
06. Little Egg
07. Clock Rats
08. Timelapse Choke
09. The Fire I Call Home
10. Crypts Crumble

Charles Moothart 2024 Tour Dates

04/18 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
04/20 – Zebulon – Los Angeles, CA
04/24 – Stork Club – Oakland, CA
04/26 – Star Theater – Portland, OR
04/27 – TBA – Bellingham, WA
04/29 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
05/1 – Starlet Room – Sacramento, CA
05/2 – Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA

Pre-order Black Holes Don’t Choke by Charles Moothart HERE


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