Album tip: Kelly Lee Oswald

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I recently discovered Welsh-born musician Kelly Lee Owens while listening to Spotify — she’s a new artist making waves in Europe’s electronic, dream-pop music scene and catching the attention of music writers worldwide. I didn’t know anything about her, though, until “Bird,” a track on her recently released self-titled debut album, played over my Spotify discover playlist. And let’s just say this: it was love at first listen. Owens’ music is gently introspective and minimalistic. A combination of casual house beats you would hear in Berlin with ’80s-inspired synthesizers, as well as other musical influences such as Indian sitars and arpeggiated chimes. It’s effortlessly cool. And though the album is being released into an already saturated electronic music scene, it still feels original  — a very pleasant surprise indeed. — Mary Biekert


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