Kelly Lee Owens (2017)

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Fluctuating between dream pop and sublime minimal techno, Kelly Lee Owens debut arrives after years of production and collaborating with others. Recommended.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 27 March 2017 19:25 (three years ago) link

I like this a lot.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 27 March 2017 19:28 (three years ago) link

wow i like this a lot

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Monday, 27 March 2017 20:52 (three years ago) link

lmao sorry to just repeat the content of lbi's post, it's been a long day

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Monday, 27 March 2017 20:52 (three years ago) link

Even a short day would be good to repeat my content Brad :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:04 (three years ago) link

i had thought about starting this thread. thanks ross, you were faster. great stuff, love her voice and the different electronic and/or rhythmic flavours coming with it. very atmospheric music. reminds me a little of julia holter, who tends more towards classic songwriting. this is lighter, less pensive. something i always love about musicians, she has her own sound which definitely has a dreamy quality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzEaFeIwbuk

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 27 March 2017 21:37 (three years ago) link

"throwing lines" is my favorite upon first listen. there are some truly gorgeous moments on this record.

joshywinty (josh), Monday, 27 March 2017 21:48 (three years ago) link

So happy to read this discussion. Kelly Lee IRRC is from the same scene as Braids and Purity Ring, so some of these tracks which are older ("Lucid") do have that kind of feel. But I think she's still unique in her sensibility

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 27 March 2017 22:03 (three years ago) link

otm, it's about time music journalists focused on dream pop and sublime minimal techno

millwallreptile (Noodle Vague), Monday, 27 March 2017 22:06 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UkpsMXR5lA

I mean this was designed for me

boxedjoy, Monday, 27 March 2017 22:39 (three years ago) link

^ so good

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 27 March 2017 22:48 (three years ago) link

So glad somebody started a thread on this; the record is sensational.

"S.O." is maybe my favorite album open of the year so far, and that stretch between "Lucid" and "Keep Walking" (i.e. the bulk of the album, I guess) is just fantastic.

Only track I'm really not feeling is "Arthur," and it's placed in such a position of prominence (artists tend to place their best/favorite track second on an album) that I feel like I'm missing something.

Evan R, Monday, 27 March 2017 23:50 (three years ago) link

Here's a total gem not on the album, btw:

https://kellyleeowens.bandcamp.com/track/1-of-3

Evan R, Monday, 27 March 2017 23:51 (three years ago) link

^ Love that track, too bad it's not on the album :)

Correction about a previous post upthread: Kelly was never part of the same scene as Purity Ring or Braids, she's british. It just seems she was making music back in the day that fell in with those flavours.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 05:31 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

This album is awesome

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:57 (two years ago) link

...this is my favorite record of the year, and I don't see anything topping it. Yep.

dronestreet, Sunday, 27 August 2017 20:07 (two years ago) link

Love this album so much. It's like the dreamiest moments of the Hannah Peel album but as a sustained vibe.

Tim F, Monday, 28 August 2017 08:15 (two years ago) link

this is really great

had assumed "kelly lee owens" was a new modern country singer

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 September 2017 16:13 (two years ago) link

Haha so did I initially

This is my new bedtime album

Tim F, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:34 (two years ago) link

My current AOTY too. Wish I could describe its appeal better; I have a hard time selling it to people who haven't heard it

Evan R, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:38 (two years ago) link

Grimes if she had leaned into (rather than away from) the SAW 85-92 resemblances after Visions?

Tim F, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:46 (two years ago) link

that's an appealing description tim but so far i'm underwhelmed

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:47 (two years ago) link

i found a sealed copy of this on vinyl for like six bucks.

nomar, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:59 (two years ago) link

insane deal nomar :)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 1 September 2017 21:29 (two years ago) link

"Lucid" stands as a fine mission statement for this album, I think. It's essentially a psychedelic/dream pop album with forays into minimal techno/house. It's not as laser focused on the dancefloor as the prior EP was, and all the better for it. Perhaps this divides some people on the record, as it's in between?

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 02:24 (two years ago) link

probably! i feel like i should be into this because of the techno thing but i don't much care for dream pop

the late great, Saturday, 2 September 2017 02:33 (two years ago) link

Hi late great - maybe check out the EP then? :-)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:21 (two years ago) link

which one ross? i see three on discogs

i've heard oleic, that was more my speed for sure

CBM is a jam

the late great, Saturday, 2 September 2017 20:14 (two years ago) link

Oleic yeah

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 20:48 (two years ago) link

Grimes if she had leaned into (rather than away from) the SAW 85-92 resemblances after Visions?

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hmmm

the late great, Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:13 (two years ago) link

The colours the beauty the motion
The colours the beauty the motion
The colours the beauty the motion
The colours the beauty the motion

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 3 September 2017 05:23 (two years ago) link

I really like this album a lot but I also think its a little underwhelming in spots. It relies on a very limited palette of sounds and it could do with a little bit more colour. "Lucid" and "CBM" are great moments but I'm not sure she quite gets the dynamics of dance euphoria - "Bird" in particular feels like it's pushing for some kind of rush but it just feels unfinished.

I've seen her post a few mixes where its clear she adores Tiga, and her vocals are all over the Daniel Avery album - I get the impression she likes that kind of sparse, lumpy, analogue techno a lot. I'd love to hear her apply this dream-pop ethereality to more maximalist influences.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 3 September 2017 10:48 (two years ago) link

good post boxedjoy.

I find it interesting she mentioned sound as a therapeutic vehicle in the pitchfork interview. The textures on this one do feel pretty healing, like the side-chained breathing on "Arthur" and its wobbling bass. The Oleic EP was more in one vein and in some ways I find it more hypnotizing and its sonic limits work more for me.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 3 September 2017 18:59 (two years ago) link

This LP is okay.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Sunday, 3 September 2017 19:08 (two years ago) link

Ross have you ever heard this? It's a little more club-functional than this album but it's basically what I kinda hoped moments on this album would coalesce into resembling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfoiK__gOK4

boxedjoy, Sunday, 3 September 2017 20:20 (two years ago) link

Love KiNK.

Tim F, Sunday, 3 September 2017 21:08 (two years ago) link

good track

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 3 September 2017 21:09 (two years ago) link

Bits of this album really remind me of that Pluramon album that had Julee Cruise on it. I like it better than that though.

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 4 September 2017 23:47 (two years ago) link

^ oooh, love that album. If Time Was On My Side rules

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 23:56 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Still my favorite album of the year. The fakeout on "Bird"—the lush intro, then the abrupt pivot when the bass kicks in—is such a glorious trick. It's such a minimalist album, yet she's hidden Easter eggs all over it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tB1MVSoKKw

Evan R, Friday, 1 December 2017 20:54 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

NEW ALBUM INNER SONG
COMING MAY 1ST 2020
http://kellyleeowens.lnk.to/innersong

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 14:17 (four months ago) link

ooooh, john cale guests

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 14:44 (four months ago) link

Yaaaaaa

brimstead, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:41 (four months ago) link

"Melt!" is fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kW0vbVEIXE

Indexed, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 20:05 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

new one "On" is really good:

https://youtu.be/53EWchMsij8

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 22:08 (two weeks ago) link


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