By Andy Kellman, AllMusic
Kelly Lee Owens is a London-based producer, songwriter, and singer known for shadowy but resonant techno-pop. Following a move from her native North Wales, Owens interned at XL Recordings, played bass in the History of Apple Pie, and worked in a string of record shops, including Pure Groove, Rough Trade, and Sister Ray, where she soaked up influences and learned more about the inner workings of music making. While at Pure Groove, she worked with Daniel Avery, who sought her vocals for the Water Jump EP (2012) and Drone Logic (2013). For the latter, Owens appeared on three tracks, one of which she co-wrote. In February 2015, she self-released her debut 12″ single, featuring “Lucid” and the Arthur Russell-inspired “Arthur,” in a small run of 200. The songs were also made available for download. Within a few months, Seb Wildblood & Apes’ “Noshi” was issued with Owens as lead vocalist, and Jenny Hval released Owens’ swift, rumbling club remix of her “Kingsize.” That August, Owens’ “Uncertain” 12″ reached area shops in a similarly small private pressing and was out digitally as well. Her third single, “1 of 3,” was out as a download the following March. Seven months later, Owens made her Smalltown Supersound debut with the Oleic EP, a prelude to her first full-length. Led by “Anxi.,” a collaboration with Hval, Owens’ self-titled album arrived on Smalltown Supersound in March 2017.
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