Share New Single “Back To The Feeling”
New EP “Not In The Sun, Nor In The Dark” due October 7th
Brighton genre-bending trio CIEL share aggressive new effort ‘Back To The Feeling’ out now (September 21st), the final reveal from the band’s ‘Not In The Sun, Nor In The Dark’ EP arriving October 7th via cult indie label Jazz Life (Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Circe).
Fresh from an A-List spot on BBC 6 Music (alongside Hot Chip, The National & Yeah Yeah Yeahs) with previous single ‘Baby Don’t You Know’, the group have since announced their first ever UK headline tour for October, following on from an acclaimed festival season which has seen them perform on the BBC 6 Music stage at The Great Escape (with Opus Kink & Deadletter) and the Far Out Stage at Green Man Festival (with Cate Le Bon, Dry Cleaning & Parquet Courts).
Speaking of their single release, enigmatic frontwoman Michelle Hindriks detailed: “‘Back To The Feeling’ started off as quite a spiritual song and was eventually brought back to feeling completely absorbed in the moment, carelessness, staying up late and being young, which is quite down to earth but yet feels like a wholesome, kind of spiritual and hedonistic thing to me now. Whereas this was a thing that would happen to you automatically when you’re younger, nowadays I feel like it can be more of a challenge and I need to work hard to reach a state of mind like that, completely away from my phone and any other distractions. When I wrote the song I felt overwhelmed with an in-the-moment kind of feeling, experiencing deep love for the things and people around me – it gave a brief insight to another way of experiencing life”.
The punchy percussive elements kick start the motion for this immersive atmosphere, and the ambiance shifts with the raw and biting ardent tones which emerge and add this distinct depth to the arrangement. Whilst this raucous instrumentation adds this forcible feature to the track, the delicate higher vocal tones soar above the crushing and consuming rhythms. To combine the ferocious tonality with the softer harmonies, it’s the perfect combination.
CIEL once again manages to capture their immersive and robust energy which explodes throughout the dynamic creation. That blazing energy is present throughout every attribute within the almighty, sonically alluring ensemble.
With crucial press support throughout the EP campaign already from leading publications including Clash, Dork, CRACK Magazine, Gigwise, The Independent and Under The Radar, the group’s vivid combination of fuzzy indie rock, goth and shoegaze has propelled them to new heights, with further festival dates on the way this autumn, coinciding with the release of their brand new record.
Produced and mixed by Steven Ansell and mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Black Keys), CIEL’s ‘Back To The Feeling’ is out now via Jazz Life and available on all digital platforms.
CIEL’s live set-up is Michelle Hindriks (vocals, bass), Jorge Bela Jimenez (guitar), Tim Spencer (drums)
2nd Oct – Divine Schism 10, Oxford
6th Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, London (EP launch party)
9th Oct – Crofters Rights, Bristol
14th Oct – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich
15th Oct – Live At Leeds
20th Oct – Prince Albert, Brighton
22nd Oct – Bobiks, Newcastle
23rd Oct – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
24th Oct – 33 Oldham Street, Manchester