Singaporean singer-songwriter Charlie Lim has teamed up with Japanese soul singer Miho Fukuhara to release a bilingual duet, titled ‘Ashes.

The collaborative single captures the feeling of longing and loneliness resulted from being forced to be at a distance from our loved ones. While it is a struggle to reconcile with loss and life’s ongoing changes, ‘Ashes’ serves to reignite one’s faith to hold on for the proverbial silver lining.

It’s difficult to make sense of a world that seems to be so chaotic and confusing,” Lim says. “This song became a eulogy of sorts, as a way to grieve, but also a reminder about what matters most.”

“While a lot of the subject matter we touched on was quite personal, the entire process felt really cathartic,” says Charlie. “Miho is such a gifted artist, and her voice has so much depth and nuance. It’s been a privilege to get to do a duet with her on a song that means a lot to both of us.”  

The collaboration started late last year when Miho was in Singapore, and they continued working on the song over the next few months, sending ideas back and forth online. 

On the decision to collaborate together, Fukuhara says, “I had heard of Charlie some years ago and I was captivated by his kindness and charm as a person, which came through in his music.”

The cover artwork for ‘Ashesfeatures the work of Kohei Kondo, who has worked with several Japanese artists including pop ambient duo Chocolat & Akito and Sapporo rock outfit sleepy.ab.

“Kondo-san is an artist I have always wanted to work with,” Fukuhara shares. “When I shared ‘Ashes’ with him, he mentioned that he had lost his mother recently, and wanted to paint this particular piece as a tribute to her.”

Listen to ‘Ashes’ on Spotify, now.