Do you remember what it was like to hit your mid-20s and wonder where your life just went and where it’s going? Sydney indie-pop singer Kyle Charles Hall channels this change and reflects on the bright side of it in his latest single “in love, 23” – released 25 Nov – and has today shared the accompanying video with us.
“‘In Love, 23’ is about a time in my life where I felt incredibly lost (quarter life crisis anyone?). I feel like at this age you really start to notice how precious time is and this song was very much a step towards being more grateful for what I do have and loving the people around me with all I have,” Hall explains.
Recorded both in Hall’s bedroom and at Debaser Studio, the track was mixed by Andy Lawson (Noah Dillon, Death by Denim) and mastered by Steve Smart (Vance Joy, Ocean Alley). Crisp drums and sliding bass hold down the cruisy groove as sun-soaked acoustic and electric guitars swim through dynamic vocals with airy harmonies. It’s a modest yet surprising song that hits in all the right spots and an exciting new taste since his 2021 debut EP Angel Choir.
“This was an unusual song for me as I wrote it very stereotypically; edge of the bed, pen and paper and an acoustic guitar kinda vibe. The production I then did played a huge part in getting the song to sound how it does but at the heart of it, it’s very much a singer/ songwriter song. The first chorus of the song was actually live tracked, with me playing and singing it into one mic to sort of keep a little bit of how the song first sounded.”
The video for “in love, 23” – created by Lemonade City – follows Hall on a day around town with friends between shots of the singer dancing on a sunny hillside. Subtitle-like lyrics appear at the bottom to make the simple idea that little more engaging and the cameo credits are a wholesome touch to the feel-good clip.