Charlie Mat shares heartfelt feel-good number ‘The Little Birdies’

“If I am being honest, The Little Birdies is a love letter for my grandma who has been the first person ever to believe in me and in my musical talent."
17 November 2022

Alt-pop artist Charlie Mat returns this week, following his well-received debut singles Frequencies and The Connection earlier this year, to share The Little Birdies.

Mat’s sound takes inspiration from the spheres of pop, R&B, and soul, while his storytelling is autobiographical in nature. The Little Birdies is an example of this, as a heartwarming tribute to an influential and supportive grandmother. Opening with samples of birdsong and soft vocalisations, The Little Birdies is a warm and soulful feel-good number with evocative lyrical imagery that is personal and relatable.

Speaking about the touching back story of his new offering, Mat shared, “If I am being honest, The Little Birdies is a love letter for my grandma who has been the first person ever to believe in me and in my musical talent. When she passed away she became my aura and my essence. Somehow when that happened it was the time when I also got into a huge depression and I got into a clinic which is where I wrote the song.

“I was grieving in such a different way than when my father died. I was feeling all the love and just her pure essence, which was just love and understanding that if we do not help each other as a community, we will never get through life and we will never transcend as a human race.

“Making this song was my way of dealing through this grief and a way of thanking her for all the love she gave to me. She was the first person to ever know that I was gay since I was little, I used to play dress up with her heels and some of her makeup and she was the first person ever to accept me for the way I am. We decided to keep it a secret since nobody in my family was ready for me to come out, but she told me “religion doesn’t matter to me when it comes to loving my own blood, and you have taught me that love comes first in every situation”. My grandma helped me in so many ways so this whole song is her essence and her aura.”

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