A remarkable record of extremes, one that's a product of a distinct time and place in history, taps into inner thoughts and feelings Kelly Lee Owens' last album, 2020's stunning second record Inner Song, was cruelly denied its true moment in the sun, unable to blossom into live performances and sunset festival moments due to arriving right at the start of the pandemic. The creative paralysis of those bleak days left the Welsh-born, London-based producer with something of a void into which emerged her third album LP.8. Perhaps this collection wasn't quite intended to be released at this time and in this way.
"This is an emergency. This is a wake-up call," Kelly Lee Owens declares calmly on LP.8 over harsh industrial noise amid frantic, phantasmal flitters of her own voice. "Divide. Divide. Divide and conquer." The voices are gasping, anxious. "I'm tired. You're tired." The punishing sonics keep coming ….
As with many artists who released music into the depths of lockdown, Kelly Lee Owens found herself with a canceled tour and no commitments. Keen not to lose potential time and space for creativity, The London based Welsh producer and singer decamped to Oslo, Norway, the hometown of her label Smalltown Supersound, and promptly locked away to begin working on more music. The resulting album, 'LP.