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Song Premiere: "One Wish" by Charles Moothart

9 January 2024

Photo Credit: Charles Moothart

Today, LA-based rocker Charles Moothart (formerly CFM) is releasing the second single off his upcoming LP Black Holes Don’t Choke. The new track, titled, “One Wish” sees Moothart turn down the fuzz by just a few notches, and pop out a psych rock track that dares to jangle when it’s not attempting to melt your face.

At the beginning of December, Moothart (known for his work with Ty Segall and Fuzz) announced his upcoming LP, Black Holes Don’t Choke, with the record’s first single, “Roll” being shared as part of the day’s celebration. “Roll” was the first taste of what Moothart calls, “apocalyptic pop”, an apt descriptor for the catchy, fuzz-drenched, psychedelia found on the track, which released alongside a lightning-fast and neon-drenched music video.

Black Holes Don’t Choke is meant to be a present meditation. It was written, recorded, and mixed entirely by Charles Moothart in his Los Angeles studio, and he plays all of the music heard on the album. The implementation of samplers is a noteworthy development as well as the general inclusion of more electronic elements. Still, the album sounds at home in Moothart’s universe of music to date. The album reflects the here and now. It embraces the elements and sounds of the present without glamorizing any tense – past, present, or future. It conveys a feeling of chaotic love and empowerment within a time of existential turmoil – aiming to lift up what positives exist in a world riddled with toxicity and complexity.

The production of the Black Holes Don’t Choke is another area of artistic growth. Due to a love for classic hip hop as well as a desire to deepen his creative language, Moothart spent recent years looking in to the world of sampling and sequencing. On top of this, he has been working to hone his engineering and mixing abilities through his own projects, as well as collaborating with peers in different studios. This combination of elements created a new atmosphere for Moothart’s song writing to evolve within.