Celeste premieres “Strange”!
Rising soul artist Celeste premieres the official video for her haunting new single “Strange”. The striking, fiery visual was shot in Bulgaria last month and directed by Silent Tapes, the London-based filmmaking duo who have previously helmed videos for the likes of Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Wizkid and Not3s. “The video begins at the end and comes full circle”, explains Celeste, “representing the reckless behaviours which can lead you from being lovers to strangers”.
It coincides with the announcement of Celeste as one of VEVO’s Ones To Watch for 2020 alongside artists including Aitch, Pop Smoke, Arlo Parks and No Rome. Celeste recently announced a headline tour for April 2020, her biggest UK shows to date including London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (tickets are on sale now). Already a stand-out moment in her live sets, sparse piano-led ballad “Strange” was added to the BBC Radio 1 B-list following its launch with an iconic COLORS session. Upon release the single saw support from the likes of Clara Amfo, DJ Target and Annie Mac, who exclaimed “Such a beautiful record, I can imagine a lot of people being stopped in their tracks right now”.
In October, Celeste made her UK TV debut with the track on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ to rave reviews. “Strange” came after her enthralling summer single “Coco Blood” accompanied by a colour-drenched video shot by in-demand director Akinola Davies Jr (Blood Orange, Neneh Cherry), and her breakout Lately EP, a captivating introduction to her voice and artistry. Having just returned from a month in Los Angeles where she performed a breathtaking sold out set at the Peppermint Club, the Brighton-raised British-Jamaican singer has had an incredible year so far with notable festival dates across Europe including debut appearances at Glastonbury, Primavera, Field Day and Latitude, not to mention supporting the iconic Neneh Cherry in her hometown of Brighton and US superstar Janelle Monae in Berlin.
NME hailed Celeste’s midnight set at Primavera “spellbinding”, noting that she “showcased a voice like crushed velvet, that caressed a succession of jazz-tinged instrumentals with seemingly effortless ease. Next year she’ll be on a much, much bigger stage”. Ahead of her April 2020 tour Celeste is set to play three sold out headline dates at London’s Omeara next week, on November 12th, 13th and 14th, before she joins acclaimed UK singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka on tour across Europe this month and next. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s fiercest new talents live – as NME rightly noted, she won’t be playing smaller stages for much longer.
Update 09/01/20: Congratulations to Celeste, who has just been named BBC Music Sound of 2020 artist! Well done Celeste! This is in addition to her receiving the Brit Rising Star Award for 2019 last month!