Celestial North - When The Gods Dance
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Lake District based Scottish solo artist Celestial North’s shimmering wyrd-dreampop is a cosmic detour into a land of impossibility and beauty- bathed in folklore, the ancient and the unknown. Heart-warming melodies soar over cinematic musical mountains and majestic choirs envelope primitive percussion that beats straight from the primordial heart of her world.  Like a tug of war between euphoria and devastation– as above, so below. Ethereal maximalism gone Viking.  A perfect dye pot of old and new influences and instruments to paint a spell binding world- one which welcomes all inside.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Celestial North can be found wandering south of the border in Kendal where she now lives with her family, surrounded by fells and the beauty of nature. Her Scottish roots are anchored in her music and her love of wilderness, mystery and the spirit of the Beltane is evident in her songs. Having taught herself various instruments, with the encouragement of a Bowie and Flamenco loving father she became interested in experimenting with different recording techniques and more unusual and primitive instruments.  Hours and hours were spent with her husband, co-producer and chief drummer Woody, recording blocks of ice being hit or chains being banged inside buckets or storms passing over their old stone house on the hill. A dulcimer, a Bodhran drum and a piano were gifted to them during lockdown which had a huge impact on the sounds being created at home.

Celestial North is a talented, multi- faceted musician and songwriter with her songs received airplay on  BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio UK and more.  Her reworking of REM’s Nightswimming - recorded for a God Is In the TV Zine charity album, received national radio play with BBC Scotland’s Roddy Hart proclaiming it ‘Majestic’. The release was included in Bandcamp’s Essential Releases with Nightswimming chosen as the Editorial Director’s personal highpoint. Touted by Under The Radar and God Is In The Tv as 'One to watch in 2021' and one of the 'finest new acts for 2021', Celestial North is currently recording her debut album which will be released in September 2022.  

Godisinthetv - 'Why we love it? Swelling and spiraling gaze pop that’s punctured by big hearted vocals and soaring melodies. Superb riffing, brisk percussive elements featuring Woody from Sea Power on drums and epic choruses laced with a bittersweet quality of the hope and pain of living. Wonderful stuff!' (Bill Cummings)

Under The Radar - Celestial North has been making some of the most luscious, ethereal sounds over the past couple of years. "Distant Life" is a shimmering masterclass in elegant dreampop.