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Celeste delivers a gripping performance of brand new single ‘Strange’

So simple, and so beautiful. incredible talented singer/songwriter Celeste delivers a gripping performance of brand new single ‘Strange’, with string arrangement by Seb Plano in popular YouTube series COLORS. 

Celeste wrote “Strange” in Los Angeles last November, after driving down the freeway and seeing plumes of smoke emerging from the California wildfires. “Immediately I found myself becoming quite overwhelmed,” she remembers. “I began to think of all the destruction the fires caused, the loss, the isolation, people finding themselves in a situation where they have no home, no sense of familiarity.”

“In the first verse I talk about the breakdown of certain relationships, when the burning passion or the fire goes out and you’re left with the remnants of smoke and ash. ‘I tried for you, tried to see through all the smoke but it wouldn’t move…’ Although the news about the fire wasn’t the direct inspiration for the song, it made me feel something I could truly understand that day, and opened me up to my own personal experiences of loss.”

Celeste is Los Angeles born, Brighton-raised, London based British-Jamaican singer/songwriter. Her breakout 2018 singles ‘Both Sides of the Moon’ and ‘Lately’ in collaboration with Leeds jazz collective Gotts Street Park. Both songs and January’s single ‘Father’s Son’ were joined together in stunning collection the ‘Lately’ EP this March. The 5-track release, which also included ‘Summer’ featuring Jeshi and ‘Ugly Thoughts’, cemented her status as one of the UK’s most promising soul singers. Earlier this summer she dropped the enthralling ‘Coco Blood,’ (included in our The Wicked Sound weekly playlist week 5) accompanied by a music video shot in Jamaica.

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