‘Light Breaks In’ is the final single and music video from Charlie Lim’s critically acclaimed album ‘TIME/SPACE’. The cinematic music video, directed by award winning cinematographer duo, Jonathan Choo and Rachel Liew, is emotionally stirring and confronts the uncomfortable topic of caring for someone with a mental illness.
The narrative of the video is loosely based on the relationship between Charlie’s own father and his late grandmother, who suffered from schizophrenia and depression.
“My dad was the eldest in the family, and had to help raise his five younger siblings while taking care of my grandma, whose condition was worsening.” Charlie says. “I’m always in awe of how strong and patient he is.”
Director Jonathan Choo adds, “Light Breaks In is an incredibly cinematic song; the song writing and melodies affect me very primally. The first thing that hit me was that it conjures out a bittersweet relationship that deals with hopelessness and heartbreak, but yet a lot of unconditional love.”
Following two landmark, sold-out shows at The Mosaic Music Festival in 2014 – an achievement never claimed by a Singaporean artist, Charlie Lim has since gone on to establish himself as one of Singapore’s leading singer-songwriters, performing on some of the region’s biggest stages alongside international artists such as Sigur Ros, Kimbra, BADBADNOTGOOD, Hiatus Kaiyote, Caribou, Lucy Rose, and Snarky Puppy.
Charlie premiered ‘TIME/SPACE’ at Singapore’s premier music venue, and sold out the 1600-seater Esplanade Concert Hall – yet another first. The album clinched the top spot on the iTunes Singapore chart within an hour of its release, and his songs have received over 2.5 million plays on Spotify since. Singapore’s leading newspaper The Straits Times’ gave it a glowing review of 4.5/5 stars, and commented, “As a whole, TIME/SPACE works brilliantly as a unified body of work.
When you strip the songs down to their bare minimum, it is Lim’s emotional profundity transplanted in the songs, and his rich, expressive voice that bring all the tunes together.” The album was later awarded Best Pop Album of 2015.
Charlie’s music has since opened doors to the region’s biggest stages – he recently completed a 7-city tour across Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Eager fans can rejoice as Charlie is scheduled to release new material later this year.