Saturday 3 July 2021
Intimate techno-pop

Kelly Lee Owens works from somewhere in the shadows. At least that’s how her music sounds. Her dark, atmospheric and resonant techno-pop speaks like secrets being spilled.

he is one of those artists with an instant pop appeal, someone who seems to have a natural knack for producing tunes that instantly make you want to move. She first surfaced via collaborations with artists like Daniel Avery and Ghost Culture, but the world soon learned that this producer has a special knack for creating her own music that really makes you... well, feel.

Norwegian tastemakers Smalltown Supersound certainly agree, signing her for an EP after hearing her tribute to Arthur Russell, named “Arthur”. Credits on Daniel Avery’s crossover hit “Drone Logic” and a later remix of oddball heroine Jenny Hval on her EP Oleic meant that Kelly Lee Owens was one to take seriously from the get-go.

Her debut album was released to widespread acclaim in 2017, cementing her position as a member of the techno community with the scope to reach levels of recognition well beyond the club. She made her debut at Roskilde Festival the following year.

In 2019, Kelly Lee Owens returned with a double single, “Let It Go”/”Omen”. The latter is built on a slightly sinister wobble and the former is perfect for workouts on floors in fancy clubs (and at Roskilde!).

She also did a collaboration with Jon Hopkins on the star-gazing and bouncy track “Luminous Spaces”. It started out as an Owens remix og Hopkins’ “Luminous Beings” but soon morphed into a track in its own with the duo working closely together in the studio.

In August 2020, she will release her much anticipated second album.

Kelly Lee Owens knows how to build live sets, going from dreamy and lush towards the more frenetic. When she returns to Roskilde Festival, she will probably be bringing a bunch of new songs.