KELLY LEE OWENS – ” Kelly Lee Owens “

Posted: August 27, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Even in the increasingly crowded field of electronic music, Kelly Lee Owens’ debut album arrives as a wonderful surprise. An album that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and krautrock’s mechanical pulse, the 27­ year ­old Londoner has made a debut album brimming with exploratory wonder, establishing a personal aesthetic that is as beguiling as it is thrillingly familiar

Piccadilly Records Manchester made this one of their albums of the year so far,  the Welsh wonder is back with a majestic full length on the excellent Smalltown Supersound. As she leads us through ten tracks of spectral techno, nebulous synth pop and squelching waveforms, Kelly meditates on anxiety, sadness and darkly-shaded ecstacy, pouring pure emotion into an expansive electronic landscape. Previous 12″ tracks “Arthur”, “Lucid” and the hypnotic “CBM” sound better than ever next to the brooding synth soul of “S.O.” and late night mysticism of Jenny Hval collaboration “Anxi”, while the bleep heavy “Evolution” is a sultry, seductive club cut for very late in the session. For me, this LP perfectly captures those moments when you get home from the club with a loved one and settle into that time honoured pre dawn routine. It’s intimate, emotional, sexy and slightly blurred – in other words, midnight music at its finest.  Like Anna Meredith’s “Varmints” from last year, Kelly Lee Owens engages her perfect sense of pacing to allow the listener to zero in on every sonic detail, with every shift in timbre and rhythm contributing to the ever-shifting aural picture. The most effective of these is “Lucid,” where halfway through the track, Owens ditches the compound meter for a completely different feel and key.

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