Ethan Charles

“Better than the Spice Girls.” - Drunk girl in the front row

Less Bullshit, More Ethan Charles
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All songs written and instruments performed by Ethan Charles Abramson with the exception of Danny Sepler’s Saxophone.

Recorded & Mixed by Ethan Charles Abramson
Mastered by Josh Lieberman
Cover photography by Rachel Cabbit


Special thanks to Danny, Matt, Steve, Kaleb, Misha, Chris, Josh, Bob Mould, and everyone else who made this possible.

I’ve been obsessed with growing up and discovering what that means—how many people do you have to hurt to learn a lesson, how many lies do you have to tell to move up in the world, how dead do you have to feel to feel alive. Combine that with how many crap songs and poems and stories and taglines and riffs do you have to write and suddenly blood and tears and laughs yield new, quixotic questions beyond artistic reasoning. Like mountains and lakes and forests and space and rejected truth, its existence is its value; Stegner said, “It is important to us when we are old simply because it is there.”

Every song is a battle between pen and legal pad, and every fight is harder than the last and you can only hope you fought better this time and you either did or you didn’t.

Then I think on influences: infuriating prophets half of which seem more profound with each go, while the others write their best as adolescents and then crash in a ditch of self-sabotage. I’m not sure who I envy more.

Then there’s your self and your sloth and your love and your doubt and the only doubt you can trust.

But I don’t think about any of this when I write. When I made Reasons, I wanted to see what I could do; I needed something to show. With this, I arrive at the doubt, the struggle, and the bullshit.

Thank you for listening, thank you for sharing, and thank you for giving me a reason to keep doing what I love.


“This freedom to change and be changed—this willingness to go with the flow and let what’s in front of him overtake him—is a liberating listening experience: we don’t know what he’ll say next, but we are so here for it, and we’re ready to hear more.“

Zennie Trieu, Ashley Hutchinson; The Post Graduate

“The angelic strumming of his acoustic guitar against his soul wrenching vocal ability are just two of the elements that make his sound one of the most compelling that I’ve heard this year. The pace he follows in his music is easy, and fathomable. such energy and evocative emotion are mixed up in his debut single Highway Song that it’s almost enough to bring a tear to the eye. I can’t remember the last time I heard a sound this real.”

Amelia Vandergast; A&R Factory

City Winery

Cellar Session

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The Album