Kelly Lee Owens

PopGun Presents

Kelly Lee Owens

Ela Minus, Carmen Villain

Mar 16

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

$12 / $15

This event is 16 and over

Kelly Lee Owens
Kelly Lee Owens
Even in the increasingly crowded field of electronic music, Kelly Lee Owens' debut album arrives as a wonderful surprise. An album that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and krautrock's mechanical pulse, Kelly Lee Owens brims with exploratory wonder, establishing a personal aesthetic that is as beguiling as it is thrillingly familiar.

Before starting work on the self-produced, self-titled album, the 28-year-old Londoner turned her keen ear towards dance music after working with techno producer Daniel Avery in a local record store. You'll most likely have heard her voice and contributions on Avery's spectacular 2013 debut Drone Logic, lending her talents to its title track and "Knowing We'll Be Here." Avery shows up on S/T as well with a co-write credit on the ghostly "Keep Walking," a track from the Drone Logic sessions that recalls the sine-wave pop of late Broadcast singer Trish Keenan.

Owens' album follows her two self-released white label 12"s and "Oleic," her debut EP release on Smalltown Supersound, in which she flexed her considerable muscle as a dance producer with four luscious, deeply satisfying slices of big-room electronic music. Appearing on "Oleic" through Owens' rework of her track 'Kingsize,' avant-pop artist Jenny Hval also appears on S/T on the stunning "Anxi," a track that shifts from drifting tones and distant vocals to warm squelches and tunnel-vision club beats. "It has been my most freeing and open collaboration so far, and my first time working with a female," Owens says of working with Hval. "It was a very powerful experience for me, I felt she brought something strange and quite beautiful."

S/T is first and foremost Owens' vision, a record that exudes a startling level of intimacy even in its largest-sounding moments -- such as "Arthur," a percolating mixture of looped vocals and rustling rhythms that rides on a perpetual near-crescendo. The song is a tribute to the late iconoclastic musician and kindred spirit Arthur Russell: "He wrote music and stayed true to his vision up until the day he died, " Owens explains. "He didn't compromise as an artist, and those are the kind of people I look up to -- people who know what they want." On S/T Owens translates that self-assertiveness into a record that explores a variety of moods -- sadness, anxiety, darkly shaded ecstasy -- with a trippy-eyed clarity and confidence that only bodes well for the future.
Ela Minus
Ela Minus
"Machines have always fascinated me. I see them as personifications of human desires, emotions, and the power of our imagination”
Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, musician ela minus (Gabriela Jimeno) grew up in two parallel underground musical worlds, hardcore and electronic music.
After years of playing drums in bands in Colombia and the U.S and moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, she eventually graduated with a dual major in drum set performance and music synthesis.
Soon after graduating, she set up a “home base” in New York City. Gabriela found herself playing drums in ambitious bands while building up her own musical persona experimenting with (and building her own) synths. After growing bored with the band lifestyle, she made the solo break and produced, recorded and released her solo debut EP, "First Words".
“I think what matters to me is the sense of being a part of a diaspora, not belonging anywhere, not having a home, this sense of floating through life, of perceiving everything from a very far away and detached perspective, that I would not have if I still lived in my comfortable surroundings of “home”.”
Instead of working on one single body of work, Gabriela decided to take the approach of releasing a trilogy of EP’s allowing listeners to follow her from the project’s infancy onward, as her songwriting craft and artistry evolved and over 2016 the trilogy was completed
Her live show relies heavily on her musicianship, specifically her percussion background. ela minus performs everything live with hardware synthesizers, sequencers and samplers. sans laptop. Apart from playing the songs on her EP’s, she improvises most of her set, making it a different experience every time proving to be the catalyst of the project’s momentum in many ways.
Her 2nd release, Grow (released in the Spring of 2016) was released to critical acclaim from the likes of Fader, Vice and Remezcla. She played major Latin Music festivals such as Estéreo Picnic and NRMAL and in the US at SXSW, Viva Pomona and supported other artists such as Chairlift and Chrome Sparks before going back to work on the final installment of the trilogy “Adapt” (due out February 8th).
“This has been like a re-birth for me as an artist: so, like a new baby, first words - grow - adapt. It made sense with the time I was living in too, on first EP everything was changing I didn’t really know what or why I was doing it, in the experience of making the second EP I grew as an artist a lot, and now I am adapting. I learned to learn."
Carmen Villain
Carmen Villain
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
http://www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/