We may be a little biased, but Leeds has an incredibly supportive network of musicians. You’ll often see people in various different bands, or you might stumble across photos of several top-class songwriters collaborating; basically, you’ll see line ups containing friends, colleagues and collaborators (*cough cough* like ours). Charlotte Lynch is a Leeds-based musician who gives back to our creative community in all of these ways, she’s got her fingers in all the pies – and we are delighted to be one of them.
Otherwise known by her stage name, Marnie Glum, Charlotte was born and raised in York before moving to Leeds to study. Originally going down the route of classical training, she soon discovered the music of KT Tunstall and Joni Mitchell, picking up the guitar before releasing an acoustic debut EP under her real name. Recently, she’s moved away from acoustic and begun releasing dreamy indie music under the name Marnie Glum.
Self-describing as “sad music for sad saps” (my god, we love this), Charlotte’s new music has a tranquil melancholy to it. Rather than being damp and gloomy, it’s got an elevated tone which, to be honest, is hella calming. This, alongside Charlotte’s caramel like voice, reminds us of the likes of Lana Del Ray, Phoebe Bridgers or even The Cure.
Earlier in the year, Marnie Glum released her debut track, ‘Celebration, Florida’. Taking inspiration from No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein, this song has a really interesting story behind it of the pseudo-town, Celebration in Florida, which was built and owned by The Walt Disney Company. It’s got an eerie, dystopian history to it (go look it up, it’s kinda freaky) and Charlotte skilfully reworks this into the track’s very essence. The result is strange. There’s a warm homeliness to the song, but when you dive into the lyrics, the unease rears its head. ‘Celebration, Florida’ is just a sample of what Charlotte and her peers can create – we can’t wait to hear what else they’ve got!
If you’ve been following us on social media (IG, Facebook or Twitter) you’ll have noticed that Marnie Glum is a new addition to our line-up. Whilst we couldn’t predict this happening, it’s worked out for the better and we are super psyched that Charlotte can join us on the 29th. So… what are you waiting for – grab a ticket now!!*
*Yes, you read that correctly, you need a free ticket to attend! We have to monitor capacity to ensure everyone keeps safe and for us to do that you need to register on our Eventbrite (pls)
Take a listen for youself: