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This is the complex alternative pop of South London artist Cheska Moore, a shadowy combination of mystifying vocals, unlikely instrumentation, and the raw honesty of genuine songwriting. Drawing inspiration from the moody, characterful approach of Billie Eilish, the attitude-laden lyricism of Upsahl, and her own experience of the darker side of life, Cheska has unearthed a sound that is uniquely her own.
A born agitator, Cheska first made waves in the summer of 2020 with her viral subversions of classic pop hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “Believe”, flipping them to create atmospheric, ethereal vibes and reaching over 10 million combined views across social platforms. Add to this a feature in Glamour magazine and her tenure as a session singer for Xenomania (Cher, Girls Aloud) and the picture of an exciting young artist begins to form.
Since the 2019 release of her debut single, “Boy Who Tried”, Cheska has developed her artistry over the course of six successful single releases and caught the ear of the wider music industry, BBC Introducing having named her their Track of the Day and Track of the Week on several occasions. Her second single, “Bloodline”, released in 2020, has to date accumulated 500,000 listens across various streaming platforms, and her subsequent releases have garnered Cheska features across a variety of blogs and playlists.
As 2022 dawned, Cheska went away and took some time to further hone her sound, working on a host of new material and plumbing a newfound depth of maturity in her writing through the exploration of more uncomfortable themes than her music has previously tackled. Narcissism, toxicity, sexuality, unhealthy relationships, and intrusive thoughts are all laid bare with unflinching honesty. 2023 is the year of Cheska Moore.
The shear rawness of her creativity alone makes this Academy of Contemporary Music alum one of the most intriguing artists to watch.
Cheska Moore has a beautiful vocal sound, this sound is completely unique that I would recognise it anywhere.
Featured as BBC Introducing's Track of The Day