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Inner Song: Kelly Lee Owens

(Smalltown Supersound)

Electronica for the Soul

DJ, former nurse and indie muso Kelly Lee Owens released her self-titled debut album in 2017. Whilst not to a huge amount of fanfare, some prescient people (e.g. Piccadilly Records in Manchester) were aware of her talent with making emotionally powerful electronic music for the heart and feet.

Three years later and ‘Inner Song’ repeats the trick and enhances it, with Owens’ including more of her enchanting and ethereal vocals well matched to electronic flourishes and silky smooth beats. She even manages a duet with John Cale of Velvet Underground fame, ‘Corner of my Sky’ where there are some poetic-like ruminations, aligned with bubbling synths. Although good, it’s melancholy is actually a slightly duller moment on ‘Inner Song’, with the throbbing balled ‘L.I.N.E’ (Love is Not Enough) being simply majestic, and in another world a major hit soundtracking a 2020s romantic tragedy film. Then there is the pulsing house of ‘Melt’ which references our current and future climate catastrophe. It’s brilliant.

The trick of meshing light and dark, faster and slower is expertly done throughout, even if slightly on the sad side, and when closing ‘Wake Up’ chimes off into the distance, a throughly touching, modern and satisfying album comes to a close. This excellent second album from Owens should certainly deserve its’ plaudits, and I suspect will likely even improve with repeated listens.

8/10

Key Tracks: Melt, Night, L.I.N.E.

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