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Toronto-based producer and DJ Ciel is renowned for a style of dancefloor material that's as heady as it is visceral. The Xi'an-born artist's ascendant profile has seen her cutting-edge and club-ready EPs released on UK labels Peach Discs and Coastal Haze, as well as Stateside imprints Spectral Sound and Mister Saturday Night. As a member of the renowned collective Discwoman and the creator of femme-forward party Work in Progress, Ciel's thoughtful narratives are clear, running in parallel to the perception-altering sounds that are consistently woven deeply into her wide-ranging sets, beloved mixes and inventive collaborations. Now the Parallel Minds label cofounder is crystallizing her imaginative and omnivorous sound with her !K7 Records debut, Orlando. Written during her emergence from an uncharacteristic bout of writers' block, the three original tracks of Orlando chart a return to the musical self, spurred along by a cinephile's embrace of film, a love of classic literature, and a curiosity for the oddest corners of popular culture. "Scenes From A Marriage" might share a name with the episodic series, but is rather a nuanced critique of the modern rite of union, moving through structured chapters, and mirroring the un-static nature of longtime love. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's radical novel, and its superphysical protagonist, "Orlando" considers the cult literary figure who lived from the renaissance to the modern age, and embodies both sides of the sex binary. The thrown sounds and aural illusions of "El Califa" create the effect of a beckoning, beguiling psychedelic experience. To complete the EP, Ali Berger, Ciel's recent collaborator on the Jacktone Records' release Damn Skippy! repurposes the mind-bending flourishes of "El Califa" into a noodly and spacious deep house production, replete with pillowy, gauzy pads.