Listen now: Charlie Lim's new single, 'Welcome Home'
Three years ago, Charlie Lim gave us the gift that was Time/Space. A double EP that split the singer-songwriter's artistry into a melancholic, folky vibe and a groovier, experimental nature, his sophomore release featured hits such as 'Knots' and 'Bitter'. In January, Australian electro-pop artist Katz brought Lim on board for his downtempo track, 'Hollow', which has now reached more than one million streams on Spotify. Months after that, Lim was revealed as the brainchild behind the 'We are Singapore' remake, that had him putting his own spin and words into new verses for the National Day Parade song. Apart from providing us with our personal aural escapes, Lim's cut his teeth at live performances in regional festivals, such as Clockenflap in Hong Kong, Java Jazz in Indonesia as well as Summer Sonic in Japan as part of the Billboard Japan stage.
Now, Lim returns with 'Welcome Home', a futuristic UK garage-inflicted production that's a peek into Lim's new sound. The song features two-step beats, desolate keys and slinky synth basslines, as well as Lim's re-sampling of imperfectly recorded live instruments and vocal.
The album's been described as Lim's ode to overthinking, expressing the attempt to find equilibrium between chaos and control. "I often find myself questioning the idea of one's purpose and where we get our sense of validation from," said the musician. Written and produced by Lim and Yeo Choong, 'Welcome Home' is mixed by Andrei Eremin and mastered by Matt Colton. Check out this pop number, which is a taste of what's to come from Lim's upcoming album that will be released under Universal Music later this year.