We had the opportunity to chat to singer Gazelle recently, ahead of a very special tour date in London. She released a new single this month titled Pointing At The Moon, and gave us a run down of her future plans – read on below to find out more!
By Jane Howkins
You recently announced a new single called Pointing At The Moon. What can you tell us about the track and what does the title refer to?
The song title is from a text by the indian mystic Osho. He talks about religion and science being like a ‘finger pointing at the moon’ – Don’t mistake the finger for the moon, or the symbols for reality.
We hear that from this track onwards there is going to be a continuous narrative portrayed throughout your forthcoming releases. Is this correct? What can you tell us about this narrative?
The story is called Gazel’s Book of Souls, which is also the name of my upcoming debut album. It follows the story of a teenage Gazel as she crosses the desert in search of a mythical Book of Souls, meeting the impenetrable characters that live deep in her unconscious mind.
What made you decide to do that and how did you come up with such a concept? Would you ever consider releasing a full concept album?
The concept is my way of exploring all the things I’m most interested in – dreams, psychic patterns and the collective unconscious. Gazel’s Book of Souls is a fictionalisation of a journey I’m actually on, pursuing all the things that are hidden from us. Gazel’s Book of Souls is most definitely a concept album!
Do you have any plans to release an album or an EP in the near future? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Gazel’s Book of Souls will be my debut album release, due out in 2019.
You’ve been collaborating with a number of interesting artists recently, including Haydn Bendall, Shuta Shinoda, and Acid Lake. What have those people brought to the table, and how has it been working with them?
It’s been a real joy working with musicians and engineers of vastly different backgrounds, including my partner Roy Pfeffer who has a lot of experience with the live side of things. Shuta and Haydn are both veteran engineers who are very experienced in the studio, and my friend Chris Neal (aka Acid Lake) brings the fictional side of the album to life through his illustrations. I’ve also really enjoyed working with Glen Travis and Sam Hooper on my next video (out on Friday 19th), which has been our first step in enacting the story on camera.
You’ve got a headline show at The Pickle Factory in London. Are you excited for that?
Yes, very! It’ll be our first show since June so I’m super excited for it.
Why do you think people should come and see you perform and what can people expect from a show?
Our shows are are immersive and inter-dimensional – projected animations lead audiences through the world of Gazel’s Book of Souls, including ciphered codes that share the secrets of Gazel’s journey. Our band is comprised of musicians who have toured with a wealth of artists like Tricky, Speech Debelle, and Sundara Karma.
Do you have any plans for any more tour dates in the future? We’re up in Yorkshire and would love a date up here!
We have some very special shows planned for 2019 – I’d love to come to Yorkshire! Hopefully we’ll see you there soon.
What sort of stuff are you influenced by and what have you been listening to recently that you can recommend for our readers?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead with Kid A on repeat. I’ve also been listening Maija Sofia, an incredible Dublin-based singer-songwriter who will be supporting us at our 21st November show at the Pickle Factory in London.
Any last words for the fans?
I’m so happy that people have been listening to my songs and liking them – Thanks for joining me on our way towards Gazel’s Book of Souls.