Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #185 / 679
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2018 Ratings: #129
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
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
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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