This week, I have mostly been listening to American-British singer-songwriter Celeste. I’ll lay it down now, as I had to check… No relation to Daphne & Celeste.
As Celeste only has one album, 2021’s Not Your Muse (which debuted at number one in the UK Album charts), it was a deep-dive into that offering, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was also great to discover a new artist, someone I was tangentially aware of but had not heard. Boy, it was a real treat.
This is one of those wonderful examples of also finding out that someone who is already so accomplished is a good seven years younger than me. What. a 2021 Celeste Epiphany Waite had. Nominated for several Brit awards, the Mercury Prize and an Academy Award for co-writing Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7.
The joy of Not Your Muse is in Celeste’s powerful smokey vocal, which I’ve seen compared to Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse by writers far finer than me. There is something truly wonderful to songs like Ideal Woman, Love Is Back and The Promise that kept me circling the album whenever I got the chance to listen to it.
She’s definitely one to look out for.
My Spotify playlist of artists for 2022 will be built up here.