Gazel has released the first of many singles from her album, Gazel’s Book of Souls, being Pointing At The Moon, which has character at the heart of the track.
She spoke with The Fountain about the new track, the album and some of her favourite gigs.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
Very exciting! Pointing At The Moon is sung from the perspective of a nervous librarian who is on a mission to capture the essence of reality in symbols. It’s the first single from my upcoming album, Gazel’s Book of Souls – a concept album, each song is sung from the perspective of a unique character that lives in the subconscious mind.
TF: And are you drawn to the moon personally?
The title Pointing At The Moon is inspired by a Buddhist mystic text that warns us of confusing the symbols of reality for reality itself. In this case – don’t mistake a finger that points at the moon for the moon itself.
TF: And are you working towards an EP or LP release?
We’re working towards the release of my first album, Gazel’s Book of Souls. It’s a collection of songs I’ve written over the last year, a collaboration between myself and my partner Roy Pfeffer. We’ve been lucky enough to record the album with some fantastic people, Shuta Shinoda (Ghostpoet, Hot Chip) and Haydn Bendall (Kate Bush). The album is supported by a series of artwork depicting the world of Gazel’s Book of Souls and its characters, by illustrator Acid Lake.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you in Scotland anytime soon?
We’ll be touring in the run up to the release of the album and more once it’s released. Our next show date is at the Pickle Factory in London on the 21st November – I’m really excited for this one as we’re starting to incorporate more of the album’s story into the live show. I’d love to do a show in Scotland, we will hopefully see you there soon!
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
Each show we do is my favourite for different reasons, but some of the most memorable shows I’ve played have been as a support act, in particular at the Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.