Decided to take a risk and check out the new self-titled album by experimental guitarist Jeremy Kelly. I know some people think he's wonderful; after spending time with his self-titled album, I see their point. Zilch is the amount I know about Kelly, and I prefer my mysterious artists that way. What I do know is that it's hard to not become enraptured in the gentle, simple guitar styling and quiet, hushed drones found on this album. At times, such as on "Polar Bodies" and "Beyond the River Skai," Kelly's work is haunting and disturbing, like a stroll through a dark thicket on Halloween night. It's not all terror and fear-mongering; on songs like "The King in Yellow" and "August Bootfire," Jeremy Kelly is restful and relaxing. The only song I'm not enthralled about is the closing "White Light from the Black Sun," when Kelly goes all psych-rock freakout; though I like music like that, within the context of the rest of the record, it seems out of place--perhaps because it breaks the peace and tranquility and quietness of the record. But that's why we have 'ignore' features, and it doesn't bother me too much. All in all, this little record has made me want to hear more of this talented man's work.
Listen To: August Bootfire
Jeremy Kelly is available now on Foxy Digitalis
Labels: Foxy Digitalis, Jeremy Kelly, Reviews K