GOLD CELESTE share new track & video ‘Is This What You Could Not Do?’ ahead of debut album release on Sept 11th via Riot Factory

August 27, 2015





After recently announcing news of their debut album, emerging Oslo-based trio Gold Celeste share another slice of their blissful psych-pop with new single ‘Is This What You Could Not Do?’ from their forthcoming record. ‘The Glow’ is due Sept 11th via Riot Factory.

According to singer and bassist Simen Hallset, new track ‘Is This What You Could Not Do?’  describes coping with an immersive creative process. He went on to give a little insight when he said “Our album is entirely self-produced and that makes self-criticism and fear of incapacitation inevitable. The endgame is playing this music live for an audience, and just having the time of our lives!”

Filmed all over Norway, the new video shows Gold Celeste doing exactly that with an array of behind the scenes footage of how their debut came to be.

Gold Celeste is Simen Hallset on bass/vocals, Petter Andersen on drums and Eirik Fidjeland on guitar/synths/vocals, who all met at an arts & music college in Trondheim, Norway. It was the group’s shared musical influences (Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Deerhunter, My Bloody Valentine and Beach House, to name a few) that brought them together and allowed Gold Celeste to be born.

Soaked in hope, positivity, honesty, disgust, humour and lots of love; all with a touch of introvert melancholy, ‘The Glow’ is a record that seeks to explore human beings & the sentient mind.  Simen comments: ”The record’s title comes from the glow every human being is carrying, whether they’re aware of it or not. There is no doubt, what so ever, when looking at the history of mankind that we’re able to do the most atrocious and evil acts, and these acts will change both people and societies as a whole. What we are, and might be capable of. Our potential is of both being infinitely hateful, and infinitely loving. This is the glow.”

Speaking about how the band chose their name, Simen explained: “Gold Celeste is a name inspired by the beautiful play of colors and lights in the sky during the golden hour, right after sunrise or just before sunset. In a way, that phenomenon reflects what we hope to achieve with our music; tempting people to pause for a while, relax in whatever manner they see fit, focus and simply indulge.”

Gold Celeste’s debut is a wonderful blend of melancholic grandeur, coupled with laid-back elegance and lyrics that delve into injustice, the increasing pacification and the ‘fast food culture’-ification of modern society where information is so readily available via social media. It’s about searching for something bigger than this, a kind of human universality that’s both understandable and thought provoking without falling into the trap of self-indulgence. There’s a humour, a wit, some uncertainty and humility projected straight from the heart. Gold Celeste are look for a place where authenticity flourishes every time.

‘The Glow’ draws inspiration from the crispy, lo-fi notes of their peers from the 60s, the eccentrics and adventurers of the 70s, the DIY indie-gazers and dissident hip-hoppers of the 80s and 90s – a tropical haven to which you can bring your culturally and socially alienated friends. A very exciting first album for this emerging Norwegian three-piece.

‘The Glow’ album artwork:

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