CIEL Share New Single ‘Pretty Face’ – Out Now
Brighton-based alt-pop outfit CIEL ready the release of nostalgic new single ‘Pretty Face’, out February 10th.
“Pretty Face” develops into this hypnotic creation which leaves such an impression. CIEL captivate with this triumphant and alternating exploration. For the most part, you fall into the lulling patterns of this ethereal creation, the rich and luscious vocal harmonies carry the direction of this release before the track heads to a tumultuous and twisting crescendo. CIEL keeps you on your toes as they suddenly inject abrasive destruction into their mystical soundscape. The sublime and dreamy vocal harmonies move the audience but when you break the cycle of charm you dig deeper into the roots of the lyrics and embrace the jolt of fierce honesty. When that crescendo breaks out, you understand the power of all forces within this movement.
Another stunning release from one of the most promising acts we’ve got right now.
Building on their previous offering ‘All My Life’, CIEL’s ‘Pretty Face’ offers a cutesy and wistful dream-pop experience masking the sinister story of a man that lost his wife to a cult. Frontwoman Michelle Hindriks’ alluring and ethereal vocals are complimented by spritely guitar and electronic synth melodies interweaved with driven basslines and pounding drums.
CIEL have already established a glowing reputation for themselves amongst the online community (Dork, Clash, Gigwise, Under The Radar) since the release of debut EP ‘Movement’, which gathered plays across the UK and US (BBC 6 Music, KEXP). ‘Pretty Face’ is the second of a trilogy of songs the band have recorded with different producers. Jack Wolter of Penelope Isles assisted the trio in producing the new single, whilst Austin Tufts from Canadian outfit BRAIDS had a hand in mixing the song.
Sharing the inspiration behind their latest release, Hindriks explained: “I really got into watching documentaries about all sorts of cults during lockdown 2.0 – the psychology behind it really fascinates me. This one story really struck me, about this man that lost his wife to a cult, and now ten years later continuing life, knowing that she’s still somewhere out there – having to let go of her. Whereas most people probably can’t directly relate to something as extreme as losing someone to a cult, a lot more people can relate to the experience of choosing to care for themselves, even if that is a very tough decision.”
CIEL’s ‘Pretty Face’ is out February 10th and will be available via all digital platforms.
CIEL’s live set-up is Michelle Hindriks (vocals, guitar), Jorge Bela Jimenez (guitar, synthesiser, bass), Tim Spencer (drums)