Boomkat Product Review:
Kelly Lee Owens crisps up and expands her melodic synth-pop style on a well anticipated follow-up to 2017’s breakthrough debut LP - including a smart Radiohead cover and guest feature by John Cale.
'Inner Song’ sees London’s Kelly Lee Owens hone her sound to a fine blend of sleek, late ‘00s melodic minimal techno and timeless, shine-eyed synth-pop with neatly tempered nods to her home city’s rude club swing.
Going deeper on the sound of her debut LP, she stakes her tastes for classic and experimental pop between the album’s two key reference points: a nimbly stepping cover of Radiohead’s ‘Arpeggi’ from ‘In Rainbows’; and the husky guest appearance of Velvet Underground’s John Cale over her dreamy electronics on album highlight ‘Corner Of My Sky’.
In between, she recalls everything from a moonlit meeting of Four Tet & Julee Cruise with the synth-gilded 2-step of ‘On’, to Fever Ray doing R&B in ‘Re-Wild’, or some Mathew Jonson tech house twirler from the mid ‘00s in ‘Jeanette’, and a sweet piece of Sally Shapiro-esque dry iced synth-pop in ‘L.I.N.E.’