(United Kingdom)

With members originating from The Netherlands, Spain and the UK, genre-bending trio CIEL came together in Brighton on the South Coast of England. Drawing influence from the creative baggage of three countries’ scenes – whilst not belonging to any of them – CIEL’s music has a nagging yet fresh, dark and sometimes quietly glorious quality to it. Combining their love of fuzzy indie rock, goth and shoegaze, the band’s broody and gritty music is tempered by the soft, icy, but emotive melodies of singer Michelle Hindriks.

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