Harm on Trust The Doc

Thanks to Neil from Trust the Doc for reviewing my new single “Harm” off upcoming album Farewell, Doomed Planet! An excerpt:

…the ambient soundscape gradually grows in volume and intensity, almost but not quite engulfing the voices before it judders to a halt one second short of three minutes (so radio programmers, take note – perfect length for airplay). So another fine track by this versatile artist.

Full review up on the blog (also a review of my buddy Xqui!).

Departure 2019 in Cassette Gods

Beautiful review of the Departure 2019 tape on Cassette Gods this weekend:

“Kelly brings her considerable chops as a singer, a songwriter, and a mischievous experimental imp to the table, delighting everybody in earshot with magnificent synthesizers and baroque arrangements, recalling Vangelis and Tangerine Dream and Enya and Björk, but also the sweeping buzz and interjected interruption of our greatest generation of outsider talent.”

Full review over on the site. Thank you, Ryan!

More What Penumbras/ShopLand World reviews

Our supermarkets may be small, but our musical ambition knows no bounds! The Strategic Tape Reserve compilation ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets  has continued receiving favorable press, including some alarmingly non-sarcastic banter on the Tabs Out Cassette Podcast. “What Penumbras,” my contribution, also received some praise in Pat Padua’s Spectrum Culture 3.2 star review of the album:

“This isn’t a trip to the dazzling cornucopia of the modern grocery store, but a descent into a commercial hellscape, with a quick succession of shimmering blips suggesting a nightmarish aural vision of the checkout aisle.”

Padua also calls the album a “a dense and frequently unsettling anthology.” Read the full review on the site!

Want more? Here are a couple more reviews of the compilation:
Lost In A Sea of Sound
Cassette Gods

M4DMV on Bandcloud, What Penumbras on Dublin Digital

Bandcloud, aka Aidan Hanratty, had some kind words to say about Music for the DMV and my one year recap. Here’s an excerpt:

“It’s a concept album about visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles, and it mirrors the agitation and unease many feel there. It’s clubby, ambient, expansive and weird. I like it.”

Read the full review here along with words on John Beltran, Cloak, Pamcy, Forest Management, Litt, Oracula, Juarta Putra, D. Strange and Golden Chorale.

Bandcloud also played my song “What Penumbras” off Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets on his Dublin Digital Radio show last week; you can hear the full show, including tracks by Kings of Tomorrow, Diplo, Low Normal, Mischa Lively, Ten Years Lost, and more, over on Mixcloud:

What Penumbras on A Closer Listen

Another review of Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets, with these thoughts on my track:

“If I heard a plastic rock spewing “What Penumbras” by Elizabeth Joan Kelly, I’d be intrigued; it’s like space age music performed by drunken shopping carts.”

Thanks Richard! Read the full review over at A Closer Listen.

What Penumbras on COUNTERZINE

Tomorrow is the release day for ShopLand World, a compilation album of music written for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets on Strategic Tape Reserve’s label. COUNTERZINE has a sneak preview and review of the album up, with these generous words to say about my submission “What Penumbras:”

a frantic but industrious piece that captures the childhood nostalgia of beelining from megastore to megastore in the quickest, most efficient way possible so as to experience as many wares as possible before die Ausgangssperre. A sure-to-be favorite for fans of the practical aspects of tiny supermarkets: smaller stores means more stores and less distance between each one, a prime selling point of ShopLand this track expertly communicates.

Preview all 25 tracks on COUNTERZINE today, and get your pocketbooks ready for the beautifully designed cassette tapes that will be on sale tomorrow!