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CIEL Release New Single ‘Never Alone Again’

May 27, 2021
Photo Credit: Ryan Deag

CIEL share poignant single ‘Never Alone Again’

Brighton-based dreamers CIEL share poignant single ‘Never Alone Again’, released May 26th and available now. 

Heralding a brand new musical direction with their latest effort, the band’s moody alt-pop, encased with a hint of shoegaze, noir rock and dream pop, remains as captivating as ever and follows the success of acclaimed previous singles ‘All My Life’ and ‘Pretty Face’.

Tapping into the melancholic lyricism of frontwoman Michelle Hindriks‘Never Alone Again’ sees the musician explore her fear of reliving darker previous life experiences, whilst spotlighting the ethereal vocals and glazed guitars that’ve already contributed so much to the band’s early promise and mystique.

At 2 minutes 42, CIEL take their audience on this rapid hypnotic journey filled with dreamy vocals, rich fuzzy tones and delicate electronic elements. This stunning vocal harmony fronts the journey with the intimate lyrics, whilst the instrumentation picks these prime transitions to showcase their surging intensity and ardent value. The rhythms of this release provide this alluring and ethereal aspect that pulls the audience into the pull and when the release ends we long to be back within that ambiance. A real stunning release, bringing soft tender tones to infuse with the darting drive and fierce instrumentation.

Originating from the Netherlands, CIEL build impressive momentum since the release of debut EP ‘Movement’ in 2020, gaining industry praise from key tastemakers ClashDorkGigwise and Under The Radar alongside radio airplay throughout the UK and US from the likes of BBC 6 Music, KEXP and BBC Introducing

Sharing the inspiration behind the track, Hindriks states: “Sometimes I spend quite a long time crafting the lyrics for a certain song. This wasn’t the case for ‘Never Alone Again’. The lyrics were just there, like they appeared out of nowhere, but they were accurately reflecting my feelings at the time.

It’s quite scary to me to release this song into the world as the lyrics are very personal and intimate. I never really speak much about these feelings from the past to people around me – even close friends. But it’s the reason why this song feels really close and honest to me. It’s a part of my life’s story. I think it’s important to actually be able to speak about these subjects more openly in our society.”

Produced and mixed by Steven Ansell (Blood Red Shoes) and mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Black Keys), CIEL’s ‘Never Alone Again’ is out May 26th 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)

Live Dates
June 5th – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea
June 26th – The Victoria, London
July 15th – The Prince Albert, Brighton
July 18th – Welcome To The Village Festival, The Netherlands
Oct 1st – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

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