AOTY 2017
Kelly Lee Owens
Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #81 / 653
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2017 Ratings: #53
March 24, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Smalltown Supersound / Label
Your Review



Kelly Lee Owens is warm, emotive and well-produced, the work of a natural talent that will only get better with time. I can't wait to hear what she'll do next. 

The 405
Kelly Lee Owens’ love for Björk is well-known and it’s reflected as a major influence in her sound. So is her love for nature and all its purity. As her music shows, Kelly Lee Owens is honest, fluid and meaningful.

Owens’ attraction to the emotive potential of sound is a theme that perhaps runs up against the Daniel Avery influences on the record, yet she has still produced a debut that is full of depth and one that exposes the scope of electronic music beyond just the club.


It’s credit to her that within the congested realm of electronic music her record stands proudly distinct, as it is both danceable and meditative music with genuine heart. And with that Kelly Lee Owens has made a more than promising debut.

Loud and Quiet

At its heart, however, this is still a record with techno at its core, and it’s demonstrated by Owens’ aptitude for subtlety and nuance.

The Line of Best Fit

A work of great craft, multifaceted charm, and, yes, an alluring marriage of the visceral to the gentle, this album feels like the opening chapter of a thrilling career.


The Welsh singer and producer leaves her indie rock past behind and mixes dream pop and ambient techno on her immensely varied and fully-formed debut.

No Ripcord

Owens consistently and effortlessly locates sweet spots without ever falling into a specific alcove, showing a maturity and understanding of her craft seldom seen on a debut LP.

Resident Advisor

Owens is an exciting new artist. Her voice is lovely. Her songwriting is accessible. Her arrangements feel smooth, and she moves with ease between styles.


Owens' album seems a bit scattered and all over the place, but its sense of dream logic is intriguing, and its best moments are captivating.

Mar 25, 2017
I wish the world was full of young women who made techno music like this. Not that they would want anything to do with me but id at least feel better about the direction this planet was going in.
Mar 25, 2017
this is the kind of music you should listen to at work... she's the next big thing.
Apr 7, 2017
Lucid is possibly my favourite track of 2017 so far
Apr 1, 2017
Sólido debut. É uma música eletrônica que em nenhum momento soa sintética ou artificial, com uma sonoridade que transmite um bom sentido de ambientação e pano de fundo. Beats que flertam com o tecno e com a house music, melodias de teclados aqui e ali com bastante sutileza carregam essas músicas de bastante minimalismo, ainda que soe experimental pela estrutura dessas músicas. Gosto da levada futurista e atmosférica, a energia ... read more
Jun 8, 2017
Love this album in certain moods. I actually didn't even realize how great it was til I took a really close listen and noticed how many changes each song went through all while have pretty minimal instrumentation.

Fav songs: Evolution, Keep Walking, Lucid

Added on: January 18, 2017