INTRODUCING: GOLD CELESTE
– SHARE NEW VIDEO & TRACK ‘OPEN YOUR EYES’ ONLINE NOW
– ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE GLOW’ DUE SEPT 11TH VIA RIOT FACTORY
Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Norwegian trio Gold Celeste. With their sunkissed, psych-pop sounds, the band are set to release their debut album ‘The Glow’ on September 11th via Riot Factory.New track ‘Open Your Eyes’ from the record is streaming online now.
‘Open Your Eyes’ showcases the band’s ambient, warm, psych-rock and is a song that seeks to explore human experience. Singer and bassist Simen Hallset describes what the track is about as he said: “We’re all sharing the experience of life. If you can’t picture a world filled with a diversity of societies and cultures getting along, you’ve got to open your eyes and expose the obstacles in our way for what they truly are. Human nature they are not. To quote the song’s refrain ‘This is just a friendly wake-up call. I’d rather see you dance than trip and fall’.
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. Simencomments: ”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.”
The band relocated to Oslo to work on their debut album and soon learnt that constantly striving for external approval from producers detracted from their creative spirit. They wanted ‘The Glow’ to be a true reflection of themselves so they took to a DIY approach & took full control of the record’s creation & production.
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: