“‘Not Your Muse’ is the power I found when I felt powerless… in making this album I have allowed myself to arrive at a place where I feel empowered, fiercely wide-eyed and fulfilled.”
Released just a few days ago, Celeste’s highly anticipated debut album, ‘Not Your Muse’ is finally gracing our speakers with a sound online anything you’ve heard before.
This album was really a space for the LA-born, Brighton-raised singer to elegantly encapsulate themes of loss, new love, political disenfranchisement and finding hope after dark times.
All wrapped up in an exquisitely haunting soundscape that seamlessly blends elements of soul, pop and R&B, echoing sounds reminiscent of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse.
The record features twelve stellar tunes, including nine brand new tracks alongside the already established singles, ‘Strange’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Stop This Flame’.
Already ascending the global charts, ‘Love Is Black’ is peaking at 39 in Italy and 106 in Germany, including securing a spot on BBC Radio 1’s B-List.
Without further or do, let’s break down ya gal’s top five favourite tunes from the album.
‘Strange’ just stands out for its raw honesty. Written in LA during the 2018 California wildfires, this is an incredibly vulnerable tune for Celeste as it paints a picture of her experiences with loss.
“I approached the microphone very gently, because I was worried about my voice,
“But that also filtered into how I would treat this song, which was respectfully,” she told Apple Music.
‘Beloved’ just takes you back to the 50s straight away, you can almost imagine a ballroom with twinkling lights glowing in the moonlight. It almost reminds you of one of those old, mellow love songs.
The tune was actually inspired by her desire to be back with her friends in London following a touring trip in Germany.
“I’d just got back from playing some shows in Germany and I was missing my friends and being in London.
“I wanted to write something, but I also wanted to be out seeing my friends,” she told Apple Music.
‘Love Is Back’ was about encapsulating the feelings we often feel before we meet someone we like and the doubts that sometimes come with our desire to ‘fall in love’. However, it was these feelings that actually led her to fall in love at the time which is intentionally reflected in the more bolder undertones and arrangements within.
Now all you gotta do is press play, go secure your very own copy of Celeste’s fresh new album, ‘Not Your Muse’ HERE.