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An Ambitious Album

Meticulously written, recorded and mixed over three years, Turn Down The Lights is a true album in an era of singles and throw-away tracks. The core of the record is Charming’s unique live chemistry: Ravi’s Johnny Marr guitar fetish, Jay’s 60’s soul inspired bass lines, Chris’ steady drum work and Nicole’s luscious alto. But from the Dusty-In-Memphis strings and horns of “Stranger (I Will Never Be A)” to the banjos and George Harrison slide of “I’m In Love With Love,” Charming’s indulgent approach to recording pop music recalls the AM radio craft of recent Belle and Sebastien. While songs like “Lost and Found” and “Working Man” revel in the three minute pop format, “Sunday Morning,” “Sunday Afternoon,” and “Sunday Evening” form an indie-pop suite spanning lazy surf music, jangle pop and cuban son. Eschewing the ennui and “la, la, la” amateurism of current indie-pop, the album’s strongest aspect, however, is its storytelling. From the title track’s music-biz tragi-comedy to the post-9/11 love and loss of “Stay Home With Me,” all the songs on Turn Down the Lights find common ground with their rich characters and imagery.

9 years of growth

Listening to this after the 1997 record is like a tootsie pop. Worth the wait and much more satisfying than the first lick. The added instrumentation and vocals fill out the sound beautifully. The cover suggests sophistication but the sound just makes me wanna sit by a lake with a hot dog, a balloon and a glass of kool-aid. (that's a good thing!) Keep it up folks.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The indie pop band Charming was formed in the fall of 1994 by University of Virginia engineering students Ravi Krishnaswami (guitar/songs) and Dave Sherwin (drums); with the addition of singer Shana Lie-Nelson, guitarist Jamie Perez and bassist Chris Garvey, the group began attracting a fervent local following, eventually recording the Ritual EP on Krishnaswami's four-track machine. A lengthy hiatus followed, during which time both Lie-Nelson and Perez quit the band; with new vocalist...
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