Artist Intro | Cyrene


Acoustic covers have never been more popular, but few of the artists behind them have a story as intriguing as Cyrene.

Taking inspiration from the mythical Greek character Cyrene, a huntress who bewitched Apollo, the Bristol-based project gives familiar songs new meaning through intricate re-imaginings in the style of British folk legends like John Martyn and Nick Drake.

The mysterious singer, whose identity has yet to be revealed, first appeared late last year with a mesmerising take on Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game which featured on playlists including Double J’s Chilled Covers and Acoustic Covers, and led the Sunday Times to praise the haunting music and ambitions of the project.

The EP was produced and mixed by Ali Chant (Gruff Rhys, Perfume Genius, This Is The Kit) while its eye-catching artwork, imagery from the lost city of Cyrene, was created by Thom Yorke collaborator RUFFMERCY.

Further support for the project has come from BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, plus publications including MOJO, as well as tastemaker blogs from across Europe and the US like London In Stereo and Stereo Fox.

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