Charles Latham: "Nice to Me" Charles Latham is a lo-fi indie folk artist originally from Washington, D.C., now living in Chapel Hill, NC. Citing artists from the Beatles to Prince as influences, Latham's music is passionate with biting wit.
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Charles Latham: "Nice to Me"

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Charles Latham is a lo-fi indie folk artist originally from Washington, D.C., now living in Chapel Hill, NC. Citing artists from the Beatles to Prince as influences, Latham's music is passionate with biting wit.

In his online bio, Latham says he "blew (his) inheritance on a massive underground bunker, which (he) stocked with low-grade instruments, recording equipment, liquor and ready-meals." Since it was completed he's "released an album a year, most of which have disappeared into obscurity."

Latham moved from D.C. to Brighton, England in 2003 to go to school. But he found he was more interested in making music. He won a songwriting contest at the University of Sussex, where he was studying English, and was awarded some free studio time. He used the prize to record his first album.

After attending several Open Mic nights in Brighton, fans told them he was making "antifolk" music. Though Latham had never heard the term before, he's since come to identify with its aesthetic: a sound rooted in punk rock that's raw and brash with more traditional folk instrumentation.

Latham's latest CD is Pretty Mouth and the featured track is "Nice to Me."