ALBUM REVIEW: Kele – The Waves Pt. | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 28.05.21







Not to be confused with the instant gratification that often accompanies the sugary sweet output from Bloc Party, Kele’s The Waves Pt. 1 is an album in the classic sense; one that needs time and space in order for it to reveal its hidden secrets.

Layered in textures, narratives and emotions, what The Waves lacks in a consistent collection of similar sounding tracks, it more than makes up for in sonic diversity, experimentation and risk-taking. Standouts Dungeness and The Way We Live Now both slightly menacingly delivered and led with minimalist guitar arpeggios, bristle with confidence and nicely envelope lovely piano-led moments of introspective pop, as evidenced on Nineveh and a gorgeously sung cover of Smalltown Boy. It might not get you instantly, but it’s worth the wait.


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