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Wednesday 05 August 2020

Moon Eyes: Dreamy New Single From Hong Kong Native Cehryl Captures Naivety Of New Love

Bedroom soul artist cehryl came to the United States from her native Hong Kong to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and post-college found herself in Los Angeles forming a tight-knit scene with friends Zack Villere, Mulherin, Dijon, Alex Szotak and Soft Glas.
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The singer-songwriter & producer has spent the past year working on new music to follow last year's debut album Slow Motion.

cehryl says of her new single, the dreamy Moon Eyes

"When I wrote this I was obsessed with that Penny and the Quarters song from the movie Blue Valentine. 

"The consistently shameless, confessional lyrics in love songs in the 60s that painted the same clichés over and over again (the moon, the stars, roses, flowers, cigarettes, starlight, black and white movies). 

"I was moved by how timeless the writing is in jazz standards, and wanted to recreate that tone. 'moon eyes' is an unrequited love story. 

"It is about the lightness and brightness of falling in love as a convenient shield or distraction from feeling disappointed by someone. 

"It is about being abandoned, being left to wonder. specifically, to wonder with a childlike optimistic naivety ('maybe you've gone to buy me flowers')." 

Acting on her love of film, the video was shot fairly D.I.Y. as a collaboration between her and director Jonny Ho in the hills above her home in Hong Kong. 

When asked about filming cehryl said: 

"Initially, being back in Hong Kong from LA scared me as I didn't feel like I had as strong of an artistic community/friend group to collaborate and grow with. This video proved me wrong. 

"Jonny and I spent several days driving around Hong Kong during the second wave of Covid with no particular itinerary in mind. 

"We pieced together this video by way or obsessing over our favourite visual artists/filmmakers (Frank Lebon, Ruff Mercy, Wong Kar Wai), and figuring out editing methods via trial and error (we were heavy on the errors). 

"Hopefully, this captures the moody vibrance of Hong Kong."

View cehryl's first single of 2020, 'Moon Eyes', HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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