ALBUM REVIEW: Kelpe – The Curved Line | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Drut Recordings

Released: 24.8.15

More information on Kelpe’s official website


For over a decade, Kel McKeown has been slowly but surely making a name for himself within the underground British electronica scene; his latest effort might be the one that helps push him further into the limelight. Opener Doubles Of Everything begins with an eerie piano chord and minimalist production before the album descends into a cacophony of looping beats and synths. Chirpsichord’s pretty arpeggios and the 16-bit fuzzy bleeps on Canjealous are typical of Kelpe’s see-what-sticks style, mixing hip-hop, ambient, electro and jazz together at will. It sometimes doesn’t come off – like with Red Caps Of Waves’ industrial drums – but when it does, he can rival Lone or Caribou.

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