The visuals open with a young man being diagnosed with a terminal illness, before the doctor underlines he either has the option to receive tough, debilitating treatment, or he can continue living his life in the knowledge that he will decline quite rapidly in the coming months.
The man smiles and tells the doctor he'll be alright, before Charles’ instrumentation is then accompanied with a montage of scenes from the protagonist's life post-diagnosis.
Despite the melancholic introduction, the overwhelming feeling Charles conveys through the new song and video is a one of peaceful joy and gratitude. The man knows his time is coming to an end, but if anything, this gives him all the more reason to immerse himself in the present moment and to make the most of his time with his loved ones.
This is also epitomised by the other three songs Charles has released today as part of his album sampler, ‘West of Lonesome’, ‘Cue Country Roads’ and the project's title-track, ‘Family Ties’.
The upcoming record, which is due to be made available on September 22, will also feature previously teased fan-favourites, ‘Willing and Able’ and ‘The Flood’. Charles performed both during his recent Holler Live Session, which was recorded during Railbird Festival 2023.
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