‘Down Days’ Review: Charlotte Jane embraces struggle and offers relief all in the same breath




“Amazing voice.” – Sunday Times Culture

“Prodigious.” - Complex

“The singer-songwriter has been perfecting her timeless pop sound, infused with her soulful, saccharine vocals.” Wonderland

Charlotte Jane - Down Days

Charlotte Jane started 2021 in style with her first play at Radio 1 for her recent single ‘Get It Right’ plus an inclusion in The Sun’s 21 Artists To Watch Out For In 2021. The 22-year-old had already been tipped as becoming “one of the biggest fucking things in the world” by Lewis Capaldi. He’s one of the leading artists that Charlotte Jane has performed with, others including Jess Glynne, Dennis Lloyd and Tom Odell.

Now Charlotte Jane shows precisely why she’s emerging as one of the UK’s brightest new hopes with her new single ‘Down Days’. The song previews her second EP, ‘REFUGE’, which will follow in the spring. ‘Down Days’ is an uplifting ballad that moves to discuss the insecurities masked within falling victim to life’s many challenges; the track does also offer an endearing caveat by emphasising the normality of such events to help provide an element of metaphorical solace. These two contrasting ideas can be seen by the following line “These down days, they blow me away I look strong but I’m such a lightweight” facing a staunch rebuttal from the battle cry of the song “Its okay to have down days

The track's optimism is perfectly reflected within the instrumental as it carries a generally triumphant theme with inspired piano melodies and a gentle drum pattern. This comes to a crescendo in the chorus as this melody is then beautifully intersped with pitched up trumpets.

The song was written pre-epidemic but has taken on a whole new relevance in recent months, with the lyric “It’s okay to have down days” offering a powerful counterpoint to the current gloom.

"That lyric is something I’ve had to keep telling myself so often throughout the last year,” she says. “It’s a reminder that everything is going to be alright, tomorrow is a new day, the clouds are temporary and better days are coming. I’ve experienced these dark, cloudy periods of time every so often since my teens. When I wrote it, I’d just had a weekend where I couldn’t get out of bed and felt pretty hopeless. In those moments, it genuinely feels like I’m never going to break out of that mindset.” - Charlotte Jane

Still based in Hull where she grew up, Charlotte Jane has been steeped in music since childhood. Her earliest memory is seeing her grandparents, a touring soul duo, perform, and it wasn’t long before she was joining them on stage. Music was her passion and one that people soon noticed she had a gift for.

She graduated from local open mic nights to gigging around the north-east, before writing songs that would change the course of her life. After just one meeting with the global hitmaker Toby Gad (Beyoncé, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Fergie), Charlotte Jane was offered a publishing deal. That in turn led to the release of her independently released debut EP ‘Nowhere To Hide’, which soon reached 12 million streams.





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