After sharing the video for her new single Walk On Land, the genre-blending Gazel is about to release her debut album Gazel’s Book Of Souls on Fri 4 Oct. Bewitching and enthralling, the video summons the ritualistic nature of dance, seeing Gazel, and an all-female cast, flow effortlessly through surreal visions of natural beauty, summoning elemental spirits and evoking undertones of mystic significance, accompanied by the track’s possessing steel drums and intoxicating melodies.
“We shot the video in Bristol with Conner Foley and Alex Millichamp, with choreography by Hannah Millchamp,” says Gazel. “It was great fun to make a video for such a colourful, summery song, and to create choreography for my lyrics. The track is a celebration of the interconnectedness of man and the natural world, so shooting outside in such a beautiful setting seemed a perfect way to express that in the video.”
Walk On Land is the fifth single to be taken from the enthralling debut album, following the captivating Rain Is Coming, Mina’s Hymn, Pointing At The Moon and the ethereal You’re Not Funny. Along with the album’s release this month, Gazel is also heading out on UK dates, which include a show at Brighton’s The Brunswick on Sat 20 Oct.
“When writing Gazel’s Book of Souls I knew I wanted to create a mythological structure of the unconscious mind – like an imaginary psychic map,” she says. “I wanted a theme for each song, each representing a different aspect of the human psychic tendency – grief, growth, technology, symbolism, problems of identity and belief in the mind’s fabrications.”
The album follows the myth-like story of a young girl who seeks to find the cause of a mysterious fire which destroyed her village, and in the process encounters a variety of ‘souls’ who dwell in her town’s collective unconscious, each of which is represented by a different track on the album. Influenced by Jungian archetypes, mystical philosophy and the folk music of her Middle-Eastern roots, the album is an eclectic and captivating blend of subtle electronica, folk and pop.
Gazel has previously performed sold-out shows at venues including the Borderline, The Waiting Room, Birthdays and St Pancras Old Church, and appeared at this year’s Sound City. She has also received extensive radio support from the likes of Huw Stephens at Radio 1 and Tom Robinson at 6Music, as well as recently performing a session for talkRADIO.
Gazel plays Brighton’s The Brunswick on Sat 20 Oct 2019. Her album, Gazel’s Book Of Souls, is released on Fri 4 Oct.