by Erin Malysa
photo by Kim Hiorthoy
Kelly Lee Owens has produced a steady stream of releases starting with 2016 EP Oleic, 2017 single “More Than A Woman” and now her full-length self-titled album, which is hauntingly electronic at its heart with references to early Krautrock in its drive. On the track “Keep Walking,” Owens dedicates space to the moments between the echoing chorus of “keep walking” and the verse of: “City through the window, make it our own, run to it / Plastic cherry blossom, eyes never close, run to it.” The distance of a city, passing by with all of its opportunity and adventure, is what Owens longs for. It’s why she urges the listener to keep walking, keep moving, and forge ahead. Even if what you see feels unreal, is not quite within reach, or is treacherous with its siren call of fakeness…it’s just too hard to not witness, too hard to turn away, too hard to close your eyes.