Kate Bush would be proud. London-based producer Kelly Lee Owens can definitely count herself in the number of visionary transformative women who have crafted whole worlds for themselves through music. Kelly’s is stark but delicate and full of transparencies as it was made of sturdy gossamer and moves in the wide spectrum between hard-edged techno and eerie pop. “1 of 3”, taken from her upcoming debut album, is here to testify that.
Hazy in sound but clear in spirit, “1 of 3” is a wake-up call set to the double tone of synths that are spacious and airy one moment and pulsating the other. It’s part light, part heavy: the drums are confident but stay unobtrusive, the pace is slow and self-assured and Kelly’s quiet, layered vocals are filled with lucidity. Its calm firm ways have a certain affinity with Fever Ray’s work and there’s something of the British sense for otherworldly pop too, like a William Orbit production from the late ’90s but heard from underwater.
Kelly‘s debut album, engineered by Phantasy Sounds‘ Ghost Culture, is going to be out soon. If this is the first time you hear her music, please consider being wowed by her small but eclectic catalogue: there’s an irresistible club rework of Queen Jenny Hval‘s “Kingsize“, a beautiful electro ode to Arthur Russel, a sultry cover of Aaliyah‘s “More Than A Woman” and “Lucid” in both techno and dream pop declinations.