CHAR­LOTTE DAY WIL­SON

Fashion (Canada) - - CULTURE MUSIC - Ken­drick La­mar

Char­lotte Day Wil­son’s silky vo­cals have the dis­tinct abil­ity to slow time—at least for the du­ra­tion of a song—leav­ing you no choice but to sink into her nar­ra­tive.

The Toronto artist has al­ways seen song­writ­ing as “the light in a dark tun­nel” and uses her woozy R&B ar­range­ments as a ve­hi­cle to ex­plore her feel­ings about life and love. “I think I al­ways knew that I needed to fall in love in or­der to write what I wanted to write,” she says. “I had al­ways writ­ten about it, but I didn’t re­ally con­nect to the mu­sic or feel deeply about it.”

For Wil­son, her first ex­pe­ri­ence with real love came at a piv­otal point in her life. “My fall­ing in love for the first time was heav­ily tied to com­ing into my sex­ual iden­tity as a queer woman, so it was a lot at once,” she says. “I started writ­ing mu­sic at the same time I started fall­ing in love and con­se­quently started hav­ing my heart bro­ken.”

Wil­son’s ac­claimed de­but EP, CDW, is a six-song col­lec­tion of plush in­stru­men­ta­tion and har­monies that skil­fully cap­tures the essence of in­ti­macy. Even in her darker num­bers, Wil­son finds em­pow­er­ment. “There’s power in per­form­ing a song about heart­break and tap­ping into those feel­ings again,” she says. “It’s kind of like ‘Here I am, in front of all these peo­ple, singing about some­thing I over­came.’”

Wil­son’s ap­proach to self-love might take some nur­tur­ing, what with her newly spo­radic sched­ule chal­leng­ing her strength at times. Even so, she knows what she wants out of it all. “I just want ac­cep­tance,” she says. “Whether it’s from my part­ners or my friends, I just want to feel ac­cepted for who, and how, I am.”

Her favourite love song: “Love,”

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