Charles Latham and the Borrowed Band
Shannon O'Connor, Hearts Gone South
“Latham’s music is passionate with biting wit.” –NPR
“One of the sharpest songwriters to emerge of late on the antifolk sphere…Charles Latham could be your new hero.” – INDY Weekly
Charles Latham wields an acid tongue and a poison pen, crafting social criticism, tragicomic narratives, and brutal self-analysis into ramshackle country-rock songs. Nearly a decade since leaving the Triangle to wander from Philadelphia to Nashville to Memphis to the U.K., Latham returned to North Carolina in late 2014, laying down roots in Durham where he began working on the songs that comprise his fourth full-length release.
His new LP, “Little Me Time”, finds Latham recording outside of his home studio, enlisting an ensemble of local talent. The result is an album that stays true to Latham’s non-traditional songwriting while exploring new sonic territory, from Cosmic American psychedelia to lush, string-buoyed folk in the vein of Bryter Layter-era Nick Drake.
His music is a lyric-heavy mixture of folk, pop, and country steeped in dark humor, and he has been compared to artists as wide-ranging as Loudon Wainwright III and The Buzzcocks.