Charlie Martin, one half of the Austin duo Hovvdy, shares a video for “Courage,” a stand-out track from his debut solo album, Imaginary People. Gold Flake Paint, who premiered the video and profiled Martin today, is saying it is “indicative of the record’s mellow, mesmerizing heart.” Calling it “a quietly upbeat song loosely based around what it means and requires to share parts of yourself with the wider world; about art as a coping mechanism through terrible times.”
“‘Courage’ was the first song I wrote when I decided to make Imaginary People. There were a big handful of songs I had shelved from previous years — all with the intention of sharing them one day soon — but I knew I wanted to bring a lot of new life to the record,” says Martin. “‘Courage’ was sort of the first step. It’s about staying within yourself and acknowledging that it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there. I’m so inspired when I see my friends and people I love putting art into the world — it’s actually the best thing. And especially lately, it’s such a wonderful coping mechanism — creating and receiving art — within all the flux. I’ve never felt more compelled to dive in head first.“
Returning rootsy influences, Charlie Martin’s gentle Southern tone paints in the timeless tradition of an Arthur Russell or Jon Brion. “I’ve always found it therapeutic to weave fictional characters into songs, folding them into my own real or imaginary experiences. Usually, the character is someone I can help, or maybe they can help me — someone I empathize with and can learn from,” said Martin. “I want people to hear the songs and feel comforted or lifted up. That’s always my goal.”
Imaginary People is out now via Grand Jury.