Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #256 / 831
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2018 Ratings: #248
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
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Loud and Quiet
The result is an exotically spliced hybrid bloom of a record: thorny but soft, talkative but concise, relentlessly modernist but also welcomingly, dreamily lush.

Ultraviolet sees Moran attempting to find the place where opposing forces converge. Starting from a minimal perspective, with a solitary piano as the main guide through this journey, she can awaken a pronounced ethereal and light characteristic, but further infuse it with a darker element.


Ultraviolet is indebted to the charm of the natural world, but with it, Moran unlocks dazzling new ones in the process, keys jammed firmly between the strings of her instrument.

Northern Transmissions
Though this instrumental piece is devoid of strong hooks over a more flowing type of melody, it rarely leaves you searching for something beautiful or memorable.

Where Bloodroot bristled with bright, dissonant clusters, Ultraviolet is consonant and warm, with steady rhythms and reassuring harmonies. It is a spring rain rather than a freak hailstorm.


Ultraviolet is a remarkable album that blurs the lines between jazz improvisation, modern composition, and ambient electronic music, forming its own musical language.

I came for the album art and the fact that she is buds with OPN (love you, David,) but stayed because holy cow what a pretty set of songs. The album has this tumbling effect where it feels like the piano may trip over itself at any moment.

There is a lot of care and thought that went into the album. I think you could probably dig into a conversation about minimalism and the way these songs play with repetition, electronic noises, and ambient tones to create a hypnotic reverie; I can imagine ... read more
listening to this awake at like 5am in your bed stuck in that weird comfy state where you're really tired but not tired enough to the point where you'll fall asleep automatically at any given moment and you can't control it but instead the state where you totally could fall asleep if you rearranged your position and made the effort to get as cosy as possible and then actively attempted to drift off and sleep but there's also the option to not sleep and that wouldn't be a problem either bc ... read more
That cover is so gorgeous ! It reminds me a contemporary exposition about visuals, light and sound that I went few years ago. One of the piece was about a piano at the top of glass panels. Under these panels, there was water. I don't know how but when you touched the piano keys, the flow of water changed and it was colored with differents lights (majority blue/green/yellow). As I don't know how to play piano, it wasn't impressive, but a friend of mine play well. It was really hypnotic, there ... read more
Repetition done extremely well, this album is full of colour and detail, completely original and somewhat nostalgic.
Each song is really given the time to evolve at its own pace, shifting and responding to its own shifts, the tacks morph from the simplest of melodies into large concert filling soundscapes designed to hold the audience captive and captivated.
This album really reminds me of the best work by Nils Frahm, Max Richter or Olafur Arnalds, starting at the most basic level of music, just a handful of notes, repeated. Just like her peers, Kelly's songs explore the boundaries of electronic and live ... read more
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Year End Lists

/Time Out New York

Track List

  1. Autowave
  2. Helix
  3. Water Music
  4. Nereid
  5. In Parallel
  6. Halogen
  7. Radian
  8. Helix (Edit)
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Added on: September 10, 2018