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Keel Her - 'Keel Her'

Brighton bedroom musician's album of lo-fi pop pastiches hints at a bright future

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  • Release Date 10 Feb, 2014
  • Record Label Critical Heights
6 / 10
Keel Her is Rose Keeler-Schäffeler, an alien-obsessed bedroom musician with a prolific workrate to show up every studio-dithering band as heel-dragging slackers. The 18 tracks collected on this debut are a mere sample of the hundreds the Brighton artist has posted online in recent years, a patchwork of lo-fi hits, throwaway doodles and flashes of studio inspiration. Its mixtape nature means it isn’t yet the concise album Keel Her might one day produce, but the breezy likes of ‘Go’, ‘Riot Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look At Me’ are tuneful pop pastiches in the vein of Dum Dum Girls and Ariel Pink. Lightening her introverted tendencies with an offbeat humour, ‘Keel Her’ is sustained by a ‘first thought, best thought’ attitude that feels truly punk.

Stuart Hugget

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