Charlie Collins: “I wanted to keep the full version of myself intact on ‘Undone’”

Charlie Collins
(Image credit: She Is Aphrodite)

In announcing her long-awaited second album, Undone, indie-folk luminary Charlie Collins warned fans they were in for “some of the most honest, vulnerable music” she’d ever written. What made it read as a warning was the fact that Collins’ output thus far hadn’t exactly been your typical sunshine-and-roses, bubblegum pop‑level fare – the Tamworth native had long worn her heart on her sleeve, with 2019’s Snowpine being one of the year’s most strikingly poignant releases. But its follow-up, she promised, would “expose a lot of who I am and what I was going through”.

Lo and behold, Undone is an unapologetically heavy, sobering listen. But amid all the gut‑wrenching rawness is a palette of tones so unpredictably colourful – meticulous and intricate, yet at once loose and playful – that it’s hard not to walk away from the record feeling energised. When the soul-baring lyrics collide with the effervescent soundscape, it gives off a potent sense of razor-sharp catharsis. Undone shows Collins at her most vulnerable, yes, but it also shows her at her most confident, her most spontaneous and her most inspired.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…