Photo by Ryan Kibler
I stumbled across Danish born songwriter Cecilie Beck last week, and thought I should take a look at her website to track down some of her songs. A good 30 minutes later I dragged myself away from looking at all her fascinating Art exhibits shown online and remembered I was there to listen to her debut single ‘Butterflies’. So whilst we’re here mainly to listen to and write about her music, there’s undoubtedly a bigger picture involved, as Cecilie has been comfortable collaborating with photographers through to sociologists in her attempts to mix different forms of art, and stimulate debates about modern society.
A graduate from the Danish Academy of Fine Arts, she now resides in New York after a journey that has included a few months living in Indonesia, Sweden, 10 months in Berlin as well as performing and exhibiting in Norway and home in Denmark. I feel that she takes those experiences everywhere she goes.
Photo by Alicia DeBrincat
But her main focus is currently music, and ahead of her debut album release in the summer, Cecilie has released ‘Butterflies’. and it's a confident promising debut, a well constructed ‘experimental folk’ style song, with a laid back piano opening and contemporary feel. The vocals are uncomplicated, slightly haunting at times, and its a really nice song with a strong chorus. With a background as a pianist, I think the initial strength of Cecilies work will be in the songwriting and style above anything else, and I think they’ll be the type of songs that will have widespread appeal if they can get the airtime.
Anyway you can listen to the single here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1VbWBt1cYy6Ldwk7kNSzhd
We’ll also be taking a listen to the album when it comes out, and hopefully be writing a few words about it. In the meantime have a listen to ‘Butterflies’, and check out Cecilies webpage, Soundcloud and Facebook. Also have a watch of her video 'Sail on Sailor' from an EP she made in Autumn 2014.
and follow her on Twitter @ceciliebeck1