Kelly Lee Owens’ music is knowable, refreshing, and beautifully measured. It doesn’t follow contemporary trends nor formulas; it is simply dramatic and inviting. In recent years, when artists have concealed their identities and/or teased their work through careful campaigns, Owens arrived openly and unfussily.
Born near the coast in North Wales, Owens moved to London six years ago, working at Pure Groove Records and then Rough Trade. Her colleague at Pure Groove was one Daniel Avery, who introduced Owens to James Greenwood, aka Ghost Culture, who happened to be “hanging around” at the time. In-store performances were frequent during Kelly’s tenure, especially at Rough Trade, where she would “take note of what bands would do to create a sound and see how they did it live.”[bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=765251297 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
During this time, Owens was putting in time as the bassist of The History of Apple Pie, who released their debut album ‘Out Of View’ in January 2013. Later that year, a particular moment unwittingly defined the point to which Owens wanted to go solo: Avery asked Owens to provide vocals to Drone Logic, which then led to co-writing three tracks on his album of the same name. “The point at which I knew that I could do it was working with Dan in his studio by the docks,” she says. “Through working with Dan and then James [Greenwood], they gave me the confidence to know that I wasn’t hopeless!”
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Kometenmelodien w/Kelly Lee Owens
Sunday, 30th October 2016 | 20:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Rüdersdorfer Str. 70 | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain