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Ciel Share New Track “So Scared” – Taken From Forthcoming EP “Make It Better” Out July 7th via JAZZ LIFE

June 15, 2023
Photo Credit: Lizzie Clark-Nørgaard

Ciel Share New Track “So Scared”

Taken From Forthcoming EP “Make It Better” Out July 7th via JAZZ LIFE

Brighton indie maestros CIEL share bristling new effort ‘So Scared’, out today (June 14th), marking the second reveal from their ‘Make It Better’ EP, set for release July 7th via revered indie label Jazz Life (Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Circe).

The follow-up to euphoric lead track ‘Somebody’ and acclaimed 2022 EP ‘Not In The Sun, Nor In The Dark’, ‘So Scared’ draws further inspiration from the unique creative landscapes of the band members’ respective home countries, delving deeper into their grittier song cannon, elevated beautifully by the soft, icy and emotive melodies of frontwoman Michelle Hindriks.

Having already landed an A-List spot on BBC 6 Music (alongside Hot Chip, The National & Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as well as BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) exposure, the trio have also ticked off high profile press support (DIY, ClashDorkCRACK Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Gigwise, Rough Trade, The Independent, The New Cue, Under The Radar), with their vivid blend of fuzzy indie rock, goth and shoegaze showcasing them to a whole new audience.

This almost playful beat plays into the atmosphere, what starts colourful brings these buoyant textures to the forefront, and the brooding tonality soon shifts and moulds that atmosphere. The audience embraces the volatile harmonies and the very raw lyrics, the track continues to grow adding further dimension to their textures and escalating cadence. This sonically sweeping landscape engulfs you, the intensity heightens and this track relishes the robust push. The melodies are meaningful and exude this deep emotion, captured with such clarity in the release.

CIEL delivers another infectious release with this multitude of addictive hooks and mesmeric energy.

Speaking of their latest single release, Hindriks explained: “’So Scared’ is about being scared to be vulnerable and open up yourself towards someone else. But at the same time it’s about actively wanting to change that part of yourself and working hard to be able to be vulnerable, as it’s an important part of making valuable connections with others. The song started out with just one cute sounding synth line with the vocal part over it and in the studio we kept adding layers of guitars to create a much bigger sound”.

Lauded for their exhilarating live shows, CIEL have already acquired celebrated slots at the likes of The Great Escape, Green Man and Eurosonic, as well as their own London headline show at The Lexington last month. The group are now gearing up for an extensive list of international shows including a European tour with Blood Red Shoes kicking off in September.

Produced and mixed by Steven Ansell, CIEL’s ‘So Scared’ is out now via Jazz Life and available on all digital platforms. 

Live Dates
July 22 – Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
Sep 14 – Moby Dick – Madrid, Spain*
Sep 15 – La Iguana – Galicia – Vigo, Spain* 
Sep 16 – La Nau – Barcelona, Spain* 
Sep 19 – Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands* SOLD OUT
Sep 20 – Vera – Groningen, Netherlands* 
Sep 21 – EKKO – Utrecht, Netherlands* SOLD OUT
Sep 26 – MTC – Cologne, Germany* 
Sep 27 – Tower – Bremen, Germany* 
Sep 28 – Badehaus – Berlin, Germany* SOLD OUT
Sep 29 – LUX – Hannover, Germany*
Sep 30 – Futurum – Prague, Czech Republic*
Oct 1 – Chelsea – Vienna, Austria* 
Oct 3 – Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland* 
Oct 4 – Marché Gar – Lyon, France* 
Oct 5 – Le 106 – Rouen, France* 
Oct 6 – Stéréolux – Nantes, France* 
Oct 7 – Point FMR – Paris, France* 
Oct 8 – Cactus – Bruges, Belgium* 

*supporting Blood Red Shoes

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