London-based dark pop artist Circe (sur-see) says she has been inspired by the likes of Bjork, Grimes, FKA Twigs and The Handmaid’s Tale, on new single Ten Girls. Have a listen below to discover what that sounds like.
Full of life yet incredibly brooding and at times blunt, the song voyages through dark, decidedly Gothic and electro waters. As the vocals whip up your emotions, the arrangement washes over your, energising the senses and fuelling a righteous anger. It’s a sound that’s more textured and complicated than you’d first assume, as the various strands in the lyrics and arrangement are tightly drawn together.
Circe explains, “Ten Girls was inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; ‘There are ten marks on this cross’- a poetic but disturbing view of women living in a dystopian oppressive world. This chimes with my own fractured generation of cancel culture, swipes of sex, and revenge porn.”
Ten Girls is out now via Jazz Life and can be streamed or downloaded on Bandcamp. Head over to Circe’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter socials for more details on how to listen to the song, as well as upcoming releases.
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