Making huge waves with her atmospheric, film-score like dark-pop, London based Circe is an artist at the forefront of a rebellion against gender inequality.
A real treat for fans of FKA Twigs, Grimes and Rina Sawayama, two 2020 releases, Ten Girls and Ruined Your Sons are driven by her otherworldy feminist message and desire for genuine change.
Totally captivated by both her sound and message, we fired Circe some questions to learn more about her journey into music, defiant lyrics and her forthcoming debut EP, She's Made Of Saints.
Hey! Tell us a bit about yourself and your musical path so far?
I was born into a cult of sorceresses, so learned a lot of music stuff there. I then somehow found myself in a music conservatoire but was quite quickly asked to leave for not really falling in line with the rules. So I rewrote them with Circe.
Your debut EP is set for release in November, what can you tell us about it?
It's a piece of work written as if a soundtrack to a movie, telling the apocalyptic life of a womxn living in the #metoo #timesup era. There are stories that stem from Catholicism to Cults, and musical influence from Jay Z to Sigur Ros.
Your lyrics are really defiant against gender inequality and the general struggles womxn face in daily life - was it ever intimidating to you to tackle such important subjects so openly? I write instinctively and most songs come from an emotional knee jerk reaction to something that happens to me or around me. I get cat-called on the way to my studio every single day without fail, so, when your day starts like that, writing about it is pretty inevitable. But these issues are complex and difficult to tackle with just my one perspective, so with ‘Ruined Your Sons’ I tried to write a song that looked at the male perspective and how we were so let down by the education system when it came to sex and sexual liberation. I don’t believe ostracizing anyone is ever helpful.
So far we’ve heard ‘Ten Girls’ and ‘Ruined Your Sons’, both of which have a bit of a Rina Sawayama/Grimes feel to them, is that something which we’ll be hearing more of, or do you have some surprises in store? I think like Grimes and Rina, Circe completely lives outside of a genre. That's what so exciting about a lot of music being made right now. Genres are a regressive and outdated - nobody making great music right now just sticks to one lane. I get bored very easily, so a simple rock set up would sustain me for a day maybe, then I’d be dragging the harpsichord out. There is a song on the EP that has full-on orchestral Ennio Morricone style timpani. I played the drums for it and its epic.
There’s no doubt that your music is destined for soundtracks, if you were to choose any film/TV show to feature on which would it be?
Euphoria, the apocalyptic mess of being a teenager never went away for me. They capture it so perfectly in that show, I think that level of intensity suits Circe. Or maybe more obviously, Handmaid's Tale.
You’re currently based in London, are there any local upcoming artists we should have our eyes on at the moment?
I think Megan-amour is a rising soon to be iconic producer and Anna Dean is a performance artist I’m obsessed with.
When normality returns, what do you expect your live show to look like? Do you think it will be as immersive as your recorded sound?
An installation. Surreal and definitely immersive- hopefully tactile...
Speaking of live shows, what does your dream gig look like? What would you choose on your dream rider?
Inside the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges. Which I guess means a rider of host and wine.
What’s the not-so-distant future looking like for you as an artist?
Surreal, intense, and big