Rosehall - The First Requisite Is Life MSR033


“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” - A.W. Tozer, Christian author and pastor.

This is not an explicitly religious album - in fact, it details somewhat of a struggle with religion - but I hope that idea of the quote above shines through. Most of these songs could be taken at face value to be quite sad, and while that may be true, I've tried to inject a lot of joy and hope into them along with the sadness.

I have put many hours of work and years of writing into this album. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it helps you.

- Timothy Charles.

Timothy Charles - vocals (1-9), nylon-string guitar (1, 2, 5, 7-9), electric guitar (2, 5, 6, 8, 9), prepared guitar (5, 7), 15 dollar Gumtree keyboard (1-5, 9), sampling (1-9), bass guitar (3-6, 9), piano (4, 5, 9), steel-string acoustic guitar (3), clarinet (7, 8), toilet roll holder (2), xylophone (9), shaker (5), 50 cent Chinese flute from Ebay (7)
Ethan James - tenor saxophone (5, 6)
Ezra Padmanabham (of GAZEY) - drums (5, 6, 8)
Sam Watson - tenor saxophone (9)
Michael Lucey - spoken word vocals (4)

All tracks written, recorded and produced by Timothy Charles.
Masterfully mastered by Will Long (of Mister Long Records) at NOBELO Labs.
Cover image taken by D'Artagnan van Domselaar and edited by Timothy Charles and Daniel Yeung.


  1. Dialogue
  2. Selfish Heart
  3. Fragile
  4. Holy, Holy, Holy
  5. Sunday's Cool
  6. Vines
  7. Frost
  8. Spiders
  9. Love, I Swear It