Celebrine And Alien Delon Announce Debut Album ‘Happy Tears’
“a hybrid of Charlie XCX-styled boom pop and crystalline chamber new wave.” The 405
“The sound blends perfectly the sombre tones of Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode, bleak instrumentation of late-’80s The Cure and Cocteau Twins’ thespian compositions” The Line of Best Fit
Dark Russian synthpop duo Celebrine and Alien Delon release their much anticipated debut album ‘Happy Tears’ on the 8th December via NON Records.
Bringing the sound of modern Russia to the rest of the world, Celebrine are unconcerned with conventions and clichés of modern music. After three years working together, Celebrine and collaborator Alien Delon have produced an impeccable alternative pop record with ‘Happy Tears’. Ten tracks of gothic synth pop; arpeggiating keys, modified guitars and layers of emotive reverb-drenched vocals make ‘Happy Tears’ a truly accomplished debut.
Celebrine have combined the strongest elements of some of alternative pop’s great trendsetters: take the atmospheric stylings of Zola Jesus, mix it with Cocteau Twins-esque instrumentation and then throw in the sheer confidence and hook-crafting mastery of Charli XCX and you come close to describing just how accomplished Celebrine are as a musical group.
Opening track ‘Beauty of the Rhythm’ is an upbeat, bouncy synth-led song which sees Celebrine’s haunting vocals rise and fall. ‘Candy Sand’, meanwhile, has more delicate drums and dancing arpeggios which recalls ‘Merryweather Post Pavilion’-era Animal Collective. The live drums for the album were recorded by percussionist Oshri Karpel in an Israeli air raid shelter as the sirens rang out: if you listen closely you can pick up this extra level of sonic anxiety throughout ‘Happy Tears’.
‘Cellar Door’, meanwhile, is a piece of pop perfection. An anthemic track which soars through the emotions, its sublime combination of shimmering guitar and powerful vocal emotion paves the way for an incredibly satisfying chorus build and release. It is said that ‘cellar door’ is the most beautiful sounding phrase in the English language and was Edgar Allen Poe’s favourite expression – Celebrine have created a song of equal beauty.
The rest of the album retains this great songwriting ability and cherrypicks the best elements from dance music history: ‘Mirror’ has a background synth which pays homage to Candi Staton’s club anthem ‘You’ve Got The Love’; ‘Selfdestructiveboy’ is a playful 90s style European club track and the Asian influenced ‘Tokyo’ nods towards Japanese early synth pioneers Yellow Motion Orchestra.
The album’s end begins with ‘Levitation’, whereCelebrine’s doubled voice duels with itself over abstract and obscured instrumentation. A calmer moment, ‘Levitation’ is an inhalation of breath before the exhale of the cathartic ‘Love is Wind’, which closes the album with a showcase of Celebrine’s impressive vocal range.
Combining a DIY aesthetic with the polished sheen of dance pop, Celebrine’s ‘Happy Tears’ is an exemplary debut, set to position them as one of Russia’s most gifted exports, and an adept alternative pop act to boot.
1. BEAUTY OF THE RHYTHM
2. CANDY SAND
3. CELLAR DOOR
10. LOVE IS WIND