If you're a loyal SoulBounce reader, then you know that we strive to bring exposure to soul music on a global scale. This is especially true of our Bounce-Worthy series, which has featured artists from the States, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Canada, Nigeria...you name it! Now we bring you a Norwegian import that's sure to make her mark on the R&B scene: Charlotte Dos Santos.
Charlotte has been bubbling under for a while with her unique style of soul, which is filtered through jazz, blues and bossa nova to create a sound that is uniquely her own. That sound is exemplified on her latest single, "Red Clay." The song is Charlotte's self-written and produced update on the jazz standard, and it is nothing short of amazing. Her haunting, hypnotic voice pours over the start-and-stop arrangement like water over the rocks in a stream. Fitting, as she described the song in a similar way to The FADER. "Clay is an organic matter of minerals and rock, a water-based substance that can last for centuries and be molded into almost anything," she wrote in a note to the publication. "But it is also fragile and will collapse or evaporate if we don't have the right measurements and techniques. I wrote 'Red Clay' in frustration over vapid people who lack identity and need others to give them a purpose. It is about someone who took advantage of my creativity and love and needed me to help them take form, shape them, but in the end, to me, the person was nothing but mud which eventually will crumble or dissolve."