I’ve professed my love for the weekly free-with-RSVP series School Night at Bardot via our Best Shows of the Week section every Monday. Many great artists have passed through there, and British songstress Charlotte OC is one of them. She’s just released a new video for the track “Darkest Hour,” off her upcoming full-length record.
I saw Charlotte OC at School Night in 2014 and was immediately mesmerized by her brief set. She’s in the same vein of BANKS (who just released HER new album, which you should definitely check out). Alt-pop at its finest. I saw her later at a church in Koreatown and also at SXSW last year. She’s a great performer and I’ve loved the two most recent EPs she’s released. Her latest track that this video is for has me excited for the long-play record that it’s coming from.
It’s a beautiful song and just as beautifully directed. Heavily featured in black and white, Charlotte is featured in a couple different scenarios. Close-ups of her dazzling face flash in and out as she delivers heartbreaking lyrics, something she’s proven highly adept at on previous songs like “Colour My Heart” and “On and On” to name a few.
“In the top of the tower, the devil he waits, the devil he waits for you,” she bellows in the powerful chorus.
“‘Darkest Hour’ is about watching someone you love become a prisoner in a toxic relationship, and feeling powerless because there is nothing you can do to help,” she told THE FADER, who premiered the video. “The song is an introduction to what the album is about – love, loss and family.”
For fans of Say Lou Lou, Shura, ASTR, and White Sea, I highly recommend digging into Charlotte OC’s material. Don’t miss her next time she tours LA — which I hope is sooner rather than later.
WATCH CHARLOTTE OC’S VIDEO FOR “DARKEST HOUR” BELOW: