London-based songstress Cecil has just revealed her creepy Halloween-inspired debut video for her new dark-pop single “Toybox” released on 31st October 2018.
You can check out her dark and creepy video for ‘Toybox’ HERE
The video features a human-sized toybox, which took 3-months to custom build with a rotating platform inside that features Cecil, turning throughout the video and channelling the music-box scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, only with a much darker sinister twist. Looking very much ‘The Pale Queen’, Cecil shines and spins in her golden jewelled Arabian-panelled silk custom-designed dress (created by up and coming designer Jasmine Read) , as deranged and distorted characters creep out of the box, all orchestrated by a very dark puppet master .
In Cecil’s own words, ‘Toybox is a story of a dysfunctional relationship between two twisted people, but it’s all a dark game in the end. I found a way to portray the emotions and pandemonium between the two through the characters created in the video who are acting out all the emotions experienced, yet the main characters thrive on these twisted emotions, a ‘Folie à deux’ you might say. I have always loved Halloween and the dark tales that surround it and wanted to add towards it. I’m always dressed in black and often get told my skin resembles a vampires as I’m pale so I thought why not put it all together and birth Toybox on Halloween. Come and take a look inside the box!’
Cecil is inspired by (and takes her name from) her pioneering broadcasting producer Great Uncle, Cecil McGivern. He wrote several radio plays for British radio during World War II, was responsible for broadcasting the Queen’s Coronation 65 years ago this year and also crafted the screenplay for the original 1946 version of Charles Dickens famous novel Great Expectations. With her great uncle being a big inspiration behind her writing, Cecil has been taking some of his screenplay writings from the 1940s and 1950s and infusing them in to her music today.
You can catch Cecil’s mesmerising live set on Tuesday 4 December at Hoxton Square, London supporting ‘Only The Poets’.