Parachutes (song)

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"Parachutes"
Single by Charlie Simpson
from the album Young Pilgrim
Released 5 August 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative
Label PIAS
Writer(s) Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson singles chronology
"Down Down Down"
(2011)
"Parachutes"
(2011)
"Cemetery" (2011)

"Parachutes" is a single by English singer-songwriter Charlie Simpson, from his debut studio album Young Pilgrim (2011). It was released on 5 August 2011 as a digital download in the United Kingdom. The song peaked to number 44 on the UK Singles Chart, his highest charting single to date.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Digital Spy he was asked to describe the song, he said:

"It's one of the more instrument-heavy songs on the record - I wanted to strike a balance between the acoustic nature and more upbeat instruments. It's also the first track I've ever written with a piano, so it's a good contrast to other songs on the album."[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Parachutes" was first released on YouTube on 8 June 2011 at a length of three minutes and thirty-four seconds.[2]

Live performances[edit]

Charlie Simpson performed the song Live on OK! TV.[3] Simpson performed the song in the Live Lounge live from Boardmasters in Newquay for Fearne Cotton and BBC Radio 1.[4] He also performed the song live at Xfm in Manchester.[5]

Critical Reception[edit]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

"I'm so sorry for the pain/ Sorry for the aches/ Sorry for the moods I'm swinging," Charlie confesses over a twinkly piano and snare-rattling beats in his unmistakable raspy tone. While his apology may not extend to Matt and James after his recent Busted reunion snub, it's a far cry from his tween-pop days of drooling over high school teachers and perky air hostesses - instead focusing on his newfound independence. "I don't want it back/ I don't need it back/ I don't need a parachute," he admits. Something tells us the 'Year 3000' reunion tour is long way off yet. 4/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Parachutes"   3:34
2. "Skin and Bones"   3:36
3. "Dead Man Walking"   3:23
4. "Parachutes" (Unplugged) 3:41
5. "Parachutes" (Live from the Tabernacle) 3:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[7] 39
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[8] 44
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[9] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom United Kingdom 5 August 2011[10] Digital download Charlie Simpson music

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