Born in the midst of a creative surge in the pop-leaning underground, Greek act Keep Shelly In Athens have been a force in the indie world for the last half decade, releasing projects on Cascine, Gorilla vs. Bear label arm Forest Family and British heavyweight Planet Mu. Now, the Athens-based duo arrive on Los Angeles outlet Friends of Friends with the ‘Now I’m Ready’ LP, their second official LP and their most emotionally mature, sonically adventurous effort to date.
At eight songs and 45 minutes, the album strikes a concise, yet imposing figure, each individual effort comprised of enough peaks and valleys to bring the listener to the edge and back again. Lifted off by lead single “Fractals”, Now I’m Ready is not your typical indie effort, un-beholden to tempo and style, the album skips across genre tropes with ease, each track guided by producer RΠЯ’s singular aesthetic and vocalist Myrtha’s unmistakable crescendos.
And whether you’re locked into a long road trip, careening around a city or looking over the Mediterranean, Keep Shelly In Athens bring an arresting pathos to the proceedings, felt everywhere from the breakbeat-led madness of “Hollow Man” to the ever-building, hypnotic vocal qualities of “Now I’m Ready”. It’s only the duo’s second official LP, but considering their release history on outlets as diverse as Cascine, Forest Family and Planet Mu, it’s no surprise that their arrival on Friends of Friends is such an unabated success.
Out on Friends of Friends on October 16, 2015. Preorder links:
Greek synth-pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens will release their new album called “Now I’m Ready” on October 6th via Friends Of Friends. The new eight-track LP is the follow-up to their excellent debut “At Home” LP, released back in 2013 via Cascine, and features Myrtha, the new lead vocalist who replaced the band’s previous singer, Sarah P.
Below you can stream the dreamy title track of the album, a collaborative effort with fellow Greek Corinth-based duo Ocean Hope. Pre-order here.
North American Tour Dates 2015:
This single was the first KSIA cut to feature new vocalist Myrtha (pictured above). Their forthcoming album will be out via Friends of Friends in the near future. Stream Barfod’s remix of “Fractals” below. Get the “Fractals” single here via FoF bandcamp page.
Here’s “House Shoes”, the latest single featuring Nina Kinert from DC/L.A. duo Nadastrom‘s forthcoming debut album due February 23rd 2015 on Friends of Friends / Dubsided.
NYC producer Praveen Sharma aka Braille (also member of the Sepalcure duo alongside Machinedrum) has signed to LA label Friends of Friends for an upcoming EP and LP. “Everyone’s Crazy EP” will drop on February 10th 2015 featuring six new productions “heavy on 808 kicks and field recordings sourced from deep within his own audio library.” Below you can stream the first taste, Too Forward. His first full-length effort, Mute Swan, is expected in May 2015.