Celeste has arrived in 2021 with her debut album – Not Your Muse.
You may have heard 26-year-old Celeste’s voice without actually knowing who she was, her music has been featured on Netflix’s Bridgerton, Waitrose and John Lewis’ Christmas adverts and the FIFA 21 videogame just to name a few.
In a year that put a lot of musicians on pause with cancelled gigs and limited award shows, Celeste has managed to do well in 2020, raking up the Brits Rising Star Award. She performed at the Brits, Jools Holland’s Hootenanny and was crowned BBC Music’s Sound of 2020.
The Los Angeles born, British raised vocalist has had a lot of buzz surrounding her but, the project falls just a little short.
Most of the songs on the record are jazzy, boasting the same slow tempo with the piano being the main instrument of choice throughout the project with most songs based around themes of love.
The album is predominately written by Celeste, herself, alongside Jaime Hartman one of the writers behind Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ and Rag’n’Bone Man’s ‘Human’.
Celeste cited Dionne Warwick, soul music of the 1940s & 1950s and Sarah Vaughan amongst her influences and it can be clearly heard on Not Your Muse.
Celeste’s voice is soulful, reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse, with elements of Billie Holiday and the huskiness of Macy Gray.
Highlights include the haunting ballad ‘Strange’, the catchy pop track ‘Stop this flame’, the sweet ‘Love Is Back and the festive ‘A Little Love’.
Celeste has the potential to be a big mainstream artist; with more time to refine her craft, she will get there.