After a brief hiatus due to health issues, Charan makes a compelling return with her brand-new release, “Forgive Me,” set to debut in September.
Departing slightly from the more traditional feel of her 2020 EP “Ashira,” “Forgive Me” offers a lush fusion of piano, celesta, and double bass, all interwoven with Joelle’s enchanting vocals.
What sets this track apart is the inclusion of the French horn, adding a unique layer to her sound and showcasing her fearlessness in experimenting with new instrumentation.
Joelle Charan drew inspiration for “Forgive Me” from her time in New York. During her studies, she often grappled with loneliness, separated by an ocean from her home.
The French horn, with its mellow, soft lines, echoed the solitude she felt during those endless days in the city. It also embodied the old-world elegance she observed while strolling down the rainy avenues of Manhattan.
The song’s genesis traces back to an argument with her mother, who was visiting at the time. Joelle’s struggle with loneliness had become palpable during her mother’s stay, filling her with regret. Deeply spiritual, she turned to prayer, seeking forgiveness to mend the emotional void she felt.
The artwork for “Forgive Me” is a visual testament to the song’s emotional depth. Painted by Berend van den Brand and inspired by De Stijl, a renowned Dutch art movement associated with luminaries like Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld, it encapsulates the essence of the song.
Joelle’s self-portrait with an umbrella in the artwork mirrors the enigmatic figure, and the minimalist design reflects the emotional landscape she inhabited while composing the song on a rainy New York street.
Loneliness lies at the heart of “Forgive Me,” and the choice of De Stijl for the artwork was deliberate, as it resonates with the theme of emptiness.
To Joelle, emptiness and loneliness are intertwined emotions, and the artwork’s vacant spaces seem to almost palpably capture the essence of loneliness.
Joelle Charan views her time in America, despite its struggles, as a pivotal chapter that helped shape the person she has become today.
Listen on Spotify below.