Kürzlich hat CELESTE im Vorprogramm der Kollegin JANELLE MONÁE ein begeisterndes Set in der Berliner Columbiahalle gegeben. Wir haben die britische Sängerin um Kommentare zu den Songs ihrer im Frühjahr erschienen EP Lately gebeten, die wir hier nun exklusiv und unverfälscht teilen …
BOTH SIDES OF THE MOON
Both sides of the moon – “our love is tainted by that tide both sides both sides of the moon”. This just means it’s something that can’t and doesn’t work either day or night. “The moon is a slave to the tide.” I was the moon, he was the tide. I kind of always gave into him even if i knew it wasn’t a good idea.
This is a song about love and everyday life, entangled and how at times it can become monotonous.
For my Dad, Beau Clere. My dad fell ill with cancer in 2010, I spent a lot of time with him that year probably the most I had spent in my entire life, I got to know him in a way I hadn’t before, when he passed away I felt I had a lot of unanswered questions. So this song is some of those.
I actually wrote this song about a night I had out with Jeshi last summer. We ended up at this party in this really tall tower block I remember staring down from the balcony as the sun rose, and feeling scared because we were so high. The long taxi ride from the from east London to west London was impending and i didn’t want to leave and and be alone. Here’s a random rhyme I wrote about it.
THE WOOZY NOSTALGIA
YOU FEEL AT 5AM
SCARED TO PEEP FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN
AND SEE THE DAY BEGIN
AND FLOWER BEDS
AND HOPING THAT IT NEVER ENDS
The last song I wrote for the EP. A long awaited meet with Wilma Archer formerly of the band vondelpark and also known as Slime aka Wilma Vritra. There had been conversation about us working on something a few years ago but we never got round to it until early 2019. The first piece of music he played me was a song he wrote with Samuel T Herring for his own project, he then played me a reharmonisation of the song which started with the saxophone part that you hear on Ugly Thoughts. We wrote the song in pretty quickly and I knew immediately I wanted it to be the final song on the EP
(Polydor / Universal)