Today’s Song: “Celeste” – Ezra Vine

Celeste EP - Ezra Vine

The title track off Ezra Vine’s debut EP, “Celeste” was released globally last September and has been one of my go-to feel-good tracks ever since. Ezra is a young New Zealand singer/songwriter – the Celeste EP (released via Parlophone Records) marks the beginning of his professional career.

Clever lyrical storytelling seems to come naturally to Ezra: “Celeste” is a song about not being able to get a crush out of your head, but he makes it so much more than that. The first verse reads like a letter to a loved one, or a poet’s lament: “I was sitting in a field of pine trees, coaxing the words from the earth and the dirt. I sought a muse but the words just wouldn’t come. It’s been a while since I saw you at New Year, holding your breath, your eyes upon the second hand. The way you looked is still vivid to me.” Emotions and images fly as Ezra weaves a tale we all know too well.

Listen: “Celeste” – Ezra Vine

 

A light but rich accompaniment backs Ezra’s soulful tenor. “Celeste” builds fast: It begins with a set of handclaps catching the beat. The claps are quickly joined by a series of rosy, cascading arpeggios from an acoustic twelve-string acoustic guitar. A full, airy set of background ahhs confirm the song’s melody with a dreamy up-and-down melodic scale sequence. Full drums and bass round out the sound, and Ezra’s story soon begins.

It’s hard to not smile while listening to “Celeste.” Its creative, bright instrumentation and heartwarming, storytelling lyrics make it easier to fall for than the elusive subject of the song. Give a listen to “Celeste” and if you like what you hear, you can listen to the rest of the EP below, available to stream via Soundcloud (or if you feel like making Mr. Vine a few half-pennies, you can also stream the Celeste EP on Spotify.) Ezra Vine shows great potential, and we cannot wait for his next effort! 

Listen: Celeste EP – Ezra Vine

“Celeste” – Ezra Vine

I was sitting in a field of pine trees
coaxing the words from the earth and the dirt
I sought a muse but the words just wouldn’t come
It’s been a while since I saw you at New Year
holding your breath, your eyes upon the second hand
the way you looked is still vivid to me

You’re something out of a dream
messing with my head
I’ve been looking for you
are ya hiding?
cos I like the way you’re calling to me
your spell upon me
you’re something out of a dream
and I like it, though I fight it

It took a while for the medicine to sink in
blow out the fog and remove all the cobwebs
now I’m clear I can hear myself think straight
I’m on the road with my clothes in a rucksack
over my shoulder following the whispers
people ask me where I’m going in such haste
and I say

My girl’s a switchblade
a bright light on the cityscape
wherever she goes I’m gonna chase

You’re something out of a dream
messing with my head
I’ve been looking for you
are ya hiding?
cos I like the way you’re calling to me
your spell upon me
you’re something out of a dream
and I like it, though I fight it

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Watch: “Braver Than Most” – Ezra Vine

Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com