Exclusive Single Premiere: Charlie DeCarlo “Walkway” (2020)

New York singer-songwriter Charlie DeCarlo will release his new single “Walkway” on Thursday. The single is the latest and last to be taken from his forthcoming debut album Paper Birds – set for release in December. Ahead of its official release we’re excited to bring you this exclusive early taste of the brilliant new single today. 

DeCarlo’s music combines elements of Folk, Indie Pop and Americana; and after listening to “Walkway” it comes as no surprise that he draws inspiration from the likes of Josh Ritter, amongst others. There’s no denying 2020 has been a tough year for many, and songs like “Walkway” can be such a balm in these ever-changing times. With a sunny warmth and folky brightness, the single is the shot of positivity and joy we all need right about now. 

Through his music DeCarlo explores themes of relationships, identity and environment in a changing world. This is true of “Walkway”, with DeCarlo describing the single as, “a story about a small town in a changing world.” It’s also a song about friendships and relationships, and they ways in which they change over time. Here’s what DeCarlo had to say: 

“I grew up in East Aurora, New York — a good representation of small town America. In that environment, you build very close relationships and it feels like your world will never change as a teenager.

After high school and especially after college, everyone begins to develop a path of their own and some people you used to see everyday end up in a different place in life. However, the relationships you build in a town like East Aurora are usually strong enough to withstand the test of time.

This song is close to me because I’m very lucky to have friends who are like family. Growing past that transition period into adulthood can be a confusing time for anyone, so I tried to capture that sentiment in this song.”

Give “Walkway” a listen below and make sure to listen out for Paper Birds in December:

“Walkway” releases October 22nd. The debut album, Paper Birds is out in December. Keep up to date with Charlie DeCarlo via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his Official Site.

Header Photo: Odyssey Visual Media

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.

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