'Inner Song' is the long-awaited second album from Welsh musician Kelly Lee Owens. Arriving three years on from her excellent self-titled debut - and album that made her one of the most acclaimed newcomers in electronica for years - 'Inner Song' is a more reflective creation than its predecessor. Across this album Owens moves between contemplative electronic ballads ala former collaborator Jon Hopkins, some textural synthetic experiments and harder techno tracks that verge on the Berlin sound of Ostgut Ton.
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Kelly Lee Owens has been captivating and mesmerising listeners since her early career appearances on Daniel Avery’s ‘Drone Logic’, a record where her vocals cut through weighty electronic sounds like a knife through butter to offer a tuneful, grounding counterpart to the techno pulse. Her self-titled debut furthered this by balancing ghostly dream pop with beatific electronica, effectively carving out a niche for herself in British dance music. On her second record ‘Inner Song’, Owens fosters her melodious songcraft considerably whilst taking bold leaps in experimentation.
In a daring move, ‘Inner Song’ begins with the familiar melody of Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ (shortened to just ‘Arpeggi’ here). The twinkling guitars are replaced by skimmed-stone synths and wobbly bass, with its spirited peak mirrored by sporadic breakbeats. The energy and lively rhythms continue in ‘Melt!’ which spins samples of ice skaters and thawing ice caps into an immersive piece of cascading minimal techno, ‘Jeanette’ thrusts into Underworld-esque euphoria with propulsive kicks and infectious synth melodies after a teasing build-up, and ‘Night’ sees wide-eyed electronics drift into lurching techno wobbles. ‘Inner City Song’ increases the melodic and introspective moments heard in her debut, showing sharpened, more focused productions from Lee Owens. The yearning voice heard in ‘On’ soars gorgeously, ‘Re-wild’ juxtaposes sweetly sung vocals with a subterranean bass-throb to dazzling effect, and ‘L.I.N.E.’ is a gorgeous hypnagogic lullaby featuring Owens’ most memorable performance to date. If Kelly’s future endeavours saw her shaping an album in the vein of The Knife or Jenny Hval’s electropop, it wouldn’t come as a surprise. With its mix of Hyperdub/Brainfeeder referencing glitch hop and voice of John Cale, ‘Corner of My Sky’ creates a sensation as mesmerising as it is impressive, as tumbling bleeps and bass bounce from one crook of the mind to the other.
‘Inner Song’ shows more of Lee Owen’s character than any of her previous endeavours. The minimalist techno through a dream pop and ambient filter remains, but we learn that Owens is adept in reinterpreting guitars with ascending synths, creating gorgeous psychedelic salves, and sculpting dancefloor heaters from the sounds of foreboding environmental catastrophes.
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