Kel McKeown, under his Kelpe guise, has been creating a place for himself at the forefront of UK experimental electronic underground for the last twelve years. Following on from his 2013 album Fourth: The Golden Eagle, his first on his own DRUT Recordings, comes his forthcoming fifth album, The Curved Line, which drops on August 24th, again on his own label.
The first glimpse of the album comes in the form of a single, Doubles of Everything. It’s full of heart stopping electronics, eerie – weird even piano hooks, blended in with these almost child like synths, and backed by a insistent beat and shrouded in surface noise. If that weren’t clever enough, Kelpe constantly throws in ideas – shards of bass here, off kilter synths there, and allows things to grow, and unfurl as it progresses until it becomes a chord heavy synthpop, before swerving into rumbling bass music.
Beware imposters. This is the real thing.