Brooklyn-based alt-R&B wunderkind Charlie Burg has made his return with “Before We Step Inside,” out now via AWAL. Arriving just in time for his upcoming first tour of Southeast Asia, the single marks Burg’s first new release following his 2022 debut album ‘Infinitely Tall’. “Before We Step Inside” is a glimpse into where his sonic identity heads next as an artist.
Playing out like an intimate conversation, propelled forward by guardedly optimistic guitar licks and a slow, shimmery groove, “Before We Step Inside” began its life as a forgotten voice memo that Charlie stumbled upon again in early summer days. Realizing the tune deserved some sunlight, he posted a snippet to TikTok, and it took off. Fans and other artist contemporaries flooded Charlie’s comments begging for the release of the song, even posting their own covers online from all around the globe. A rose-tinted view of the impending end of a relationship, the song makes the most of every moment before coming to a sudden, hollow end.
On the single release, Charlie elaborates, “’Before We Step Inside’ details the story of two individuals grappling with existential dread right before entering a party and then promptly dancing away their misery. The song is intended to juxtapose crippling despair with the euphoria of celebration.”
In November, Charlie’s live show will cross the globe to Southeast Asia for the first time, one of his most passionate markets. In Jakarta, he will be the international headliner at the Jazz Goes To Campus festival that hosts around 20k attendees. In Bangkok, he will be a part of VERY Festival alongside Joji, Nothing But Thieves, and Bloc Party. See all upcoming tour dates below:
Southeast Asia Tour
November 12 – Jakarta, Indonesia – The 46th Jazz Goes To Campus
November 16 – Manila, Philippines – Samsung Hall – SM Aura
November 22 – Tokyo, Japan – SPACE ODD
November 26 – Bangkok, Thailand – VERY Festival
November 29 – Singapore – Esplanade Concert Hall