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Pop - Released January 29, 2021 | Polydor Records

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She was set to be one of the revelations of 2020. But the pandemic got in the way, and Celeste Epiphany Waite postponed the planned release of her first album. Celeste is a new UK sensation. She received the Rising Star prize at the prestigious Brit Awards, an honour which has been bestowed upon such promising young people as Sam Smith or Adele, who went on to enjoy colossal success and international stardom. Add another nomination, for the BBC's Sound of 2020, and the growing interest in this newcomer to the global pop scene was clear. While waiting for the album, Celeste did not sit idly by. She provided some vocals for the high-flying soundtrack for Pixar's successful Soul, and for the series The Chicago Seven, which was broadcast on Netflix. In terms of musical education, Celeste was brought up almost exclusively on blues, jazz, and golden-age soul by James Brown, Aretha Franklin (whom Celeste worships), Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. A coppery, nonchalant voice, tinged with a hoarse fragility, Celeste instantly sounds like a little sister to Adele and Amy Winehouse. Finally, the album is here. With its nose-thumbing title, Not Your Muse is an impressive engine, perfectly conceived and calibrated to conquer airwaves around the world, and audiences too. From Strange's skin-tight tenderness to the old-school sixties throwback Love is Back, to the party number Tonight Tonight, all the ingredients are there to make this album a must-have for years to come. © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Pop - Released December 6, 2019 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released February 5, 2021 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released March 22, 2019 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released January 9, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released October 8, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released May 27, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released December 31, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Soul - Released March 10, 2017 | Bank Holiday Records

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Pop - Released August 25, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released January 29, 2021 | Polydor Records

She was set to be one of the revelations of 2020. But the pandemic got in the way, and Celeste Epiphany Waite postponed the planned release of her first album. Celeste is a new UK sensation. She received the Rising Star prize at the prestigious Brit Awards, an honour which has been bestowed upon such promising young people as Sam Smith or Adele, who went on to enjoy colossal success and international stardom. Add another nomination, for the BBC's Sound of 2020, and the growing interest in this newcomer to the global pop scene was clear. While waiting for the album, Celeste did not sit idly by. She provided some vocals for the high-flying soundtrack for Pixar's successful Soul, and for the series The Chicago Seven, which was broadcast on Netflix. In terms of musical education, Celeste was brought up almost exclusively on blues, jazz, and golden-age soul by James Brown, Aretha Franklin (whom Celeste worships), Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. A coppery, nonchalant voice, tinged with a hoarse fragility, Celeste instantly sounds like a little sister to Adele and Amy Winehouse. Finally, the album is here. With its nose-thumbing title, Not Your Muse is an impressive engine, perfectly conceived and calibrated to conquer airwaves around the world, and audiences too. From Strange's skin-tight tenderness to the old-school sixties throwback Love is Back, to the party number Tonight Tonight, all the ingredients are there to make this album a must-have for years to come. © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Pop - Released November 13, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released August 28, 2019 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released September 4, 2019 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released February 5, 2021 | Polydor Records

Long-awaited, delayed, ahead of time, out of time, and ultimately opportune are all accurate ways of describing Celeste's first album. Her first commercial solo single on Lily Allen's Warner boutique label landed in 2016. After a move to Polydor, she gradually refined and refashioned her sound with singles and EPs that drew more comparisons to various jazz and soul giants and their retro-contemporary musical descendents. The first new single off Not Your Muse, the mannered and grand pop-soul belter "Stop This Flame," appeared at the top of 2020 and almost cracked the Top 40 in her native U.K. None of the other songs throughout the year stuck, but Celeste was still rising, identified by many media outlets as one to keep an eye on. At year's end, she was heard in the credits sequence of Pixar's Soul (a duet with Jon Batiste on a cover of the Impressions' "It's All Right"). Mere days after Not Your Muse finally arrived the following January, she was nominated beside stylistic peer Andra Day for a Golden Globe, recognized for one of her contributions to the soundtrack of The Trial of the Chicago 7. Along the line, Not Your Muse had several intended release dates and at some point was supposed to be an EP. Chaotic roll-out notwithstanding, the album is sure-footed and attests to the artist's high standing among the crowd mining pre-disco R&B, jazz, and pop. Celeste and her fellow songwriters and producers -- led by main collaborators Jamie Hartman and Josh Crocker -- have all the knowing, tasteful moves down pat and exhibit some tricks of their own. While some songs merely drift along with mechanical efficiency and fade into the background, and one in particular is mawkish to the hilt, a greater number of them allure with a slightly peculiar sense of delight and undertones of unease and looming distress. Celeste's voice stuns most when matched with quieter support. Most charming is "Beloved," which at first blush signals "exotica frivolity for a tiki bar jukebox," yet Celeste captivates with a swooning, sinuous vocal. There are some stellar lines, too. The brush-offs in "Idea Woman" and the title song are particularly cutting, and moments in unraveling and one-sided relationships are related to striking effect with "I touch your head to pull your thoughts into my hand" (from 2019 single "Strange") and "Sometimes you give and pay the price" (from the rolling "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the best of the uptempo numbers). © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Pop - Released October 20, 2017 | Atlas Artists

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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released January 3, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released April 10, 2020 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Released June 24, 2019 | Polydor Records

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