Little Tealeif’s (producer, writer and musician Shaun Hinton) new EP Charcoal blends elements of dance, rock, hip-hop, and pop to make a gritty and intricate electropop collection of tracks.
Currently based in Kent, Shaun’s music is easily relatable and tackles modern themes such as isolation, inadequacy, addiction, and self-belief; all delivered with perfectly crafted skill. Having discovered guitar bands in his early teens, Shaun’s passion and fascination for all things music was instant and he quickly became a prolific songwriter. After spending time travelling in Australia in his 20s, he returned to the UK and founded his first band with dreams of making music his life. Sadly, alcohol and drugs were becoming a regular feature and Shaun relocated to Paris in a desperate bid to reinvent himself. Finally, after a chaotic ten years, in which music barely featured, Shaun returned to the UK and checked himself into rehab. Today, he is clean and sober, making music again, and reinvented as Little Tealief.
The outstanding song on the EP is the lead single, “Pedestal People’ which, Shaun says, was written about “acquaintances who had their lives together and I was a little bit jealous of that. I’ve come to learn that nobody has their lives together and it’s just a perspective on that situation of comparing ourselves to each other.”
The rest of the tracks on Charcoal are full of dancey toe tappers (some are downright full of danceability), with ‘Pensacola Vibes‘ releasing a feeling that the artist is giving himself over to the music – the listener can’t help but be swept away with the rhythm and vibe.
Charcoal was released on 25 November on Not Saints Records.
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