cehryl’s New EP, ‘Time Machine’ Out Now
April 9, 2021 BY Nettwerk
At long last, cehryl’s time machine EP arrives today via Nettwerk. Leading up to the announcement included videos for “outside the party, inside the dream” and “philadelphia.”
With “paprika,” cehryl’s sentimental crooning takes on a less rose-colored view of the past. “Here I stand / There we stood” gently but firmly uproots her from the way things once were. As with any great memory, she lets herself wallow, but not so much that she can’t move on.
Languid and nostalgic, time machine envelops the listener within a soft, airy space not unlike a dreamscape – after all, the closing track is called “outside the party, inside the dream.” cehryl sings with the lightest of touches, careful not to disturb this intimate moment being spun between herself and you. Her visuals, too, cultivate wistful moments out of memories and sounds, like the DIY charm of “philadelphia.” True to its name, time machine transports one to the past not through science but recollections – we may not all share the same memories, but they do provide us all with a similar warmth.
Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter-producer cehryl has a voice as dulce and mellifluous as the songs she produces and writes to. Stories that explore the complexity of human emotion fill her dreamy, genre-fusing tracks, where her lyrical flair and classical training are on full display. From the strings she rips to the production, recording, and mixing, cehryl orchestrates every part of her songs. Her painfully relatable sonic gifts have gained her an international community of fans across the globe, and find her constantly revising and refining her sound. Her music videos for “Satellite” and “Moon Eyes” are heavily inspired by celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, and mirror his films with cehryl’s own nuanced phantasmagoria—a fitting reflection of her expansive sound. Following high school in the UK, cehryl came to the United States 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. “Moon Eyes” and single “Hide n Seek” (watch the video for it now) follow her buzzy 2019 debut album Slow Motion, which garnered her praise from Paper, Earmilk, i-D, Complex, and more. After touring with Still Woozy and Ravyn Lenae she was slated to be on the road last summer opening for Jeremy Zucker and for Cavetown. Both tours are on hold due to Covid-19 precautions for now, but cehryl still has plans in store for 2021 and beyond.