Kelly Lee Owens — Kelly Lee Owens

Kelly Lee Owens — Kelly Lee Owens

Kelly Lee Owens self-produced debut album is a long way from her indie roots as part of the band 'History of Apple Pie', but is clearly influenced by her fellow co-workers Daniel Avery and Ghost Culture, during her time working in record stores. 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.

The strong reviews the album has received from the music press are well founded and it is and excellent slice of chilled out electronica; that is likely to make a host of 'best of 2017' albums come the end of the year.  

The 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. 
Well worth picking up; particularly with a limited edition clear-vinyl version available only to indie shops on offer!  


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