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Charlie Hickey Announces Debut EP 'Count The Stairs', Shares Phoebe Bridgers Collaboration

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

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Charlie Hickey has announced his debut EP.

'Count The Stairs' will be self-released by the 21-year-old Pasadena-based artist on February 26. It's preceded by new song Ten Feet Tall, a collaboration with longtime friend Phoebe Bridgers, who also contributed backing vocals to his October 2020 single No Good At Lying

The track, which was produced, mixed and engineered by Bridgers' collaborator Marshall Vore, is driven by a subtle guitar melody while lyrically reflecting on childhood happiness and teen experiences. It arrives with an accompanying lo-fi video directed by Zoe Donahoe and Adam Sputh. Hickey said in a press statement:

"Ten Feet Tall is sort of a different animal than any other song I’ve written. I was going to school at the time and was feeling quite alienated in this little world where everybody was instantly partying with the brand new best friends and fun came so naturally.

"I found solace in Marshall's studio on the weekends. This was our first proper attempt at writing together and we were writing something really horrible. We were both kind of delirious and Marshall started singing the verse melody for the song as a joke, making fun of what we had been trying to write. But when I heard it, I said to him, ‘Wait, that’s the song we’ve been trying to write.’ After that, we wrote the rest of that night and recorded it the next day.

"We re-recorded it a few times before going back to what we did that day. I’ve never written or recorded a song like that since, and we weren’t sure it was even gonna come out but when I hear it back, it really serves as a time capsule of a very confusing/depressing but also very fruitful and fun time in my life!"

Head below to view the EP's artwork and tracklist.

'Count The Stairs' tracklist:

1. No Good At Lying
2. Count The Stairs
3. Two Haunted Houses
4. Seeing Things
5. Ten Feet Tall
6. Notre Dame

Bridgers put out her latest album, 'Punisher', in summer 2021 and is nominated for four 2021 Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Music Album, Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for Kyoto and Best Rock Song for Kyoto.

The singer-songwriter also dropped the 'Copycat Killer' EP in November, which contains orchestral reworkings of songs from 'Punisher'.

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