An amazing and beautifully eerie electronic record …its a must have!
Full disclosure: when I ran Rough Trade East I gave Kel a job as a sales assistant, back then she was in The History Of Apple Pie the kind of indie band I just didn’t get along with (I’m being kind), she was always looking out for new stuff to listen too and as people do in record stores discovering a whole world of music, since then we have remained friends and it’s been amazing to watch her grow as an artist, but never in a million years did I ever think she would deliver such an incredible debut, my jaw was on the floor upon hearing it. Quite simply this could easily end up being one of the best debut record in 2017 and is certainly going to nestle in many top tens (including I imagine my own) – Spencer
Before starting work on the self-produced album, Owens, a 28-year old Londoner, turned her keen ear towards dance music after working with techno producer Daniel Avery in a London record store. Her voice and contributions can be heard on Avery’s Drone Logic. Since then, she self-released two white label 12”s, with the “Oleic” EP to follow.
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Her debut solo album is first and foremost Owens’ vision, a record that exudes a startling level of intimacy even in its largest-sounding moments – such as “Arthur,” a percolating mixture of looped vocals and rustling rhythms that rides on a perpetual near-crescendo. The song is a tribute to the late iconoclastic musician and kindred spirit Arthur Russell. “He wrote music and stayed true to his vision up until the day he died, ” Owens explains. “He didn’t compromise as an artist, and those are the kind of people I look up to – people who know what they want.” On S/T Owens translates that self-assertiveness into a record that explores a variety of moods – sadness, anxiety, darkly shaded ecstasy – with a trippy-eyed clarity and confidence that only bodes well for the future.
In addition to Avery, who has a co-write credit on Kelly Lee Owens’ ghostly “Keep Walking,” Jenny Hval also appears on the album’s lead single, “Anxi.” It’s a track that shifts from drifting tones and distant vocals to warm squelches and tunnel-vision club beats. “It has been my most freeing and open collaboration so far, and my first time working with a female,” Owens says of working with Hval. “It was a very powerful experience for me, I felt she brought something strange and quite beautiful.”
- Anxi ft. Jenny Hval
- Throwing Lines
- Keep Walking